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 make Funeral Arrangements include:

  • Visitation
  • Funeral Ceremony
  • Private Viewing
  • Selection of Casket
  • Selection of Outer Burial Container
  • Selection of Flowers
  • Obituary
  • Memorial Contributions
  • Clergy or Celebrant

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


Caskets are offered in Wood or Metal.  Wood Caskets are available in several species of wood such as Mahogany, Cherry, Pecan, Oak and Poplar.  Metal Caskets are available in Stainless and Carbon Steel in many different styles and colors.  Some caskets may be personalized with LifeStories Medallions and LifeSymbols Corners.  Please click on Resources Tab / Personalization Choices on this website. 

Mount Vernon Pecan


Outer Burial Containers

Burial Vaults support the grave and are sealed to resist the entrance of outside elements. 

Wilbert Vault


Planning Ahead

Funeral 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 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. Clothing
  4. Method of Payment - Check or Credit Card
  5. Cemetery Information
  6. Veteran's Honorable Discharge / DD-214 (if applicable)
  7. Photos for Video Tribute (up to 40)
  8. Photos or Items to be placed in or near Casket

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 be a pallbearer or participate in other ways.