Cremation Center & Code of Ethics
Cremation - Our commitment to you
In February 2012, McComas Funeral Home completed work on the new McComas Memorial Center, featured at our Bel Air location. This facility houses a crematory, as well as, a viewing room. Our facility is kept to the highest of standards and is available for your inspection at any time. Our cremation operation represents the newest and cleanest of technologies. We offer a special viewing room for those who wish to be present for the start of the cremation process and offer a special time for the family to gather prior to the cremation.
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McComas Funeral Home takes very seriously the great trust that families have placed in us when it comes to the cremation process and we believe it is the attention to detail and following strict guidelines that set us apart from other funeral homes and cremation providers.
When you choose cremation, whether or not you chose our services or those of another firm, we strongly believe that you should ask questions and understand just what is involved in the process. We believe that these are questions worth asking and we believe you deserve thorough answers.
Below you will find our “Cremation Code of Ethics”. This is our commitment to you that attention and respect will be paid at every level of the process.
Cremation Code of Ethics
At McComas Funeral Home, the following is our commitment to the families that have placed their loved ones into our care:
- At all times only the highest level of respect and dignity will be practiced when handling the deceased remains.
- Your loved one will be transferred directly from the place of death to our funeral home.
- An identification band is placed on the deceased ankle upon entering the funeral home.
- All deceased remains will be positively identified by the authorizing agent prior to cremation.
- All required documents including authorization, identification, and any other applicable forms will be completed and signed prior to cremation.
- All deceased will be dressed in a respectful manner prior to cremation.
- A unique three signature process is performed by our staff to ensure the highest ethical practice to assure accuracy.
- Personalized crematory checklist is signed, noting date and time of each step of the cremation process.
- The family has the right to inspect the crematory upon request. Our “Open Door Policy’ allows you to view the crematory at 50 West Broadway in Bel Air and learn more about the manner with which we ensure cremations are conducted.
- Personalized crematory checklist is placed on cremation chamber during process and identification coin is placed with deceased.
- No cremation will occur until after the 12 hour period following death as mandated by Maryland State law.
- Only one deceased remains will be cremated at a time.
- The cremated remains will be returned only to the person designated by the authorizing agent.
- All crematory operators at McComas Funeral Home are certified by the Cremation Association of North America or another recognized authority.