Having a ceremony and allowing the community to share their thoughts and feelings allow you to better understand how the life that was lost was important to others. This is critical to the healing process.

The ceremony helps us acknowledge that someone we love has died.  It allows us to say goodbye.  It provides a social support system for everyone grieving the death.  Funerals may be about the person who died, but they are for the living.  A good funeral puts you on the path to good grief and healthy mourning.

By Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Center for Loss & Life Transition

Some decisions when making Cremation Arrangements include:

  • Visitation with casket present
  • Ceremony
  • Memorial Gathering with urn present
  • Memorial Ceremony
  • Private Viewing
  • Selection of Cremation Casket or Cremation Container
  • Selection of Cremation Urn, Keepsake Urns & Jewelry
  • Selection of Flowers
  • Cremation Urn Placement - Cemetery, Columbarium, Scattering or Home Placement
  • Obituary
  • Memorial Contributions
  • Clergy or Celebrant

Our Funeral Directors will explain all of your options and help you create a meaningful farewell.

Cremation Caskets & Containers

A Cremation Casket or Container is required by the Crematory and provide dignity and enable safe handling for your loved one.  Cremation Caskets are available in wide variety of styles that are suitable for services with a visitation, viewing or gathering held prior to the cremation.   


Cremation Containers may be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials (with or without an outside covering). The minimum containers we provide are unfinished wood containers. These are most appropriate when a private viewing has been scheduled.

Unfinished Cremation Container

Cremation Urns

Cremation Urns are available in many styles and materials such as Wood, Marble, Bronze and Biodegradable Materials.  Keepsake Urns and Cremation Jewelry are also available.  Please ask us about Personalizing the Urn. 

Cherry Urn  Bronze Urn Biodegradable Urn

Click here to view Cremation Urns & Jewelry

Legacy Touch

Legacy Touch Keepsakes - Fingerprint Jewelry

Planning Ahead

Cremation Arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Planning Ahead provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.

When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.

After Your Loved One Has Died

Call Barranco Severna Park Funeral Home & Cremation Care, at 410-647-2400, to notify us of the death.  Let us know whether or not you have made Pre-Arrangements.  If not, we recommend you complete our Online Planning Form on our website.  We will then schedule an appointment with you to complete the Arrangements.

Please bring the following items when meeting with the Funeral Director:

  1. Photo for Obituary
  2. Social Security # 
  3. If having Visitation bring Clothing
  4. Method of Payment - Check or Credit Card
  5. Veteran's Honorable Discharge / DD-214 (if applicable)
  6. Photos for Video Tribute (up to 40)
  7. Photos or Items to be placed in or near Cremation Casket or Cremation Urn
  8. Cemetery Information if Urn will be buried.

Plan to meet or call your Clergy or Funeral Celebrant to select prayers, readings, poems and music to personalize the ceremony. Discuss who will present a Eulogy. Ask Family or Friends to participate.