Cremation Services on maryland's eastern shore
All too often, families discount the value of ceremony when selecting cremation after the death of a loved one, and we certainly don’t want you to make that mistake. Coming together after a loss is a very essential part of the grieving process.
Our Cremation Care
Our team of professionals will take the time to meet with you, either in person or virtually, to determine how best to meet your specific needs and requests.
We’ll be with you every step of the way, from the time your loved one is brought into our care until you have your loved one’s affairs in order. You’ll always have someone you can count on to help you find answers to your questions.
There are no third party transport or cremation services involved. Our team of funeral professionals oversee every aspect of the care of your loved one. We own and operate our own crematory so your loved one never leaves our care.
Cremation Cost vs Traditional funerals
Your funeral director can work with you to make traditional burial as economical as possible. There are times, however, when cremation services can cost less. Several factors influence this difference, including cemetery costs, such as plot purchase, the need for an outer burial container and permanent memorial. You should know that cremation does not limit the types of services that are available to you. Viewings, gatherings, services and celebrations of life are all still possible when cremation is selected
Our all inclusive cremation service pricing ensures you will receive services that are ‘extras’ at other funeral homes, such as:
●A private identification of your loved one, providing an opportunity for a final private viewing if services at our crematory are not planned.
●An online tribute page through which memorial service and obituary information and tributes can be shared.
●Assistance with the creation of a one-of-a-kind obituary and the arrangement of newspaper placements.
●The filing of all necessary cremation permits and paperwork, and obtaining and delivering to you any certified copies of the death certificate purchased.
●Additional items to purchase would be items like a cremation container, cremation jewelry, urns, keepsakes and pendants.
Cremation Service & Crematory Guarantee
At Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, every family receives our best.
● Our team of funeral professionals will work with you to ensure that every detail is carried out to your satisfaction.
● Our facilities are designed and maintained with your comfort and ceremony requirements in mind.
● Our aftercare services mean that you’ll never be left wondering what needs to be done to settle your loved one’s affairs.
● Our team of cremation professionals ensures that your loved one never leaves our care. No third party cremations and no mass cremations are permitted with our privately owned crematory. Our Crematory Guarantee process is in writing for your familis peace of mind.
Facts about cremation
We encourage families to remember that cremation is an alternative to burial, but does not limit the type of services or remembrances in any way. Cremation can occur prior to or following a service or gathering. We often receive questions about cremation. If we haven’t answered yours, please call or email the funeral home for more information.
What is cremation?
Cremation is a process in which the physical remains of the deceased are reduced by the prolonged application of heat. After the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber, they are processed into finer fragments and placed within a temporary container. Once a cremation urn has been selected, the funeral home will transfer the remains.
Where does cremation take place?
A special building called a crematory contains the cremation chamber or retort. Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam oversees a family owned crematory that performs only one cremation at a time.
Is a casket required?
A casket is not required, however the remains must be placed within a rigid combustible container to meet crematory requirements. You may make a selection that fits your requirements and budget from our wide variety of offerings.
Do we need to have a funeral if we select cremation?
Cremation does not in any way limit the services that may be provided for the deceased. Some families elect to have a full service for their loved one prior to cremation. Others choose to honor their loved ones in alternative ways, such as with a procession to the crematory.
What is an urn?
An urn is a container meant to hold cremated remains. Some urns are meant to be permanent, and others are biodegradable or in some other way specially designed for scattering. Urns come in a wide variety of materials and can often be engraved or otherwise customized to reflect your life story. They’re also available in different sizes so that family members may each have a portion of the remains to keep with them.
What can be done with cremated remains?
●Burial: The cremated remains may be buried in the ground in a cemetery plot.
●Inurnment: Inurnment occurs when the urn is placed in an above ground columbarium niche.
●Scattering: Care should be exercised when scattering cremated remains. Some cemeteries provide a special area on their property meant for scattering. Written permission should be secured before scattering on private or public property. Remember that property can be sold, so your access to visit the site may be terminated if this happens. There are additional regulations that govern the scattering of remains on waterways, so please check with your funeral professional for the most up to date information.
●Shipping: You may want to have the cremated remains shipped to another country, or you may wish to take them yourself. We can oversee the shipment and help to provide you with the most current information regarding air travel and cremated remains.
●Keeping: Many people prefer to have the urn at home with them.
Is cremation cheaper than burial?
In every case, the cost of the services provided depends on the decisions that are made. Often, the cost of a cemetery plot may exceed the cost of cremation. There are, however other fees which may apply, such as a coroner’s authorization for cremation, the purchase of an urn, or delivery costs to ship an urn to the final destination. We encourage you to call the funeral home to ask about your specific plans and how they can be achieved within your budget.
You Can Never Go Back and Do a cremation Over
Some say it’s harsh to remind you of this, but we know we must. We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a cremation service that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind.
Contact us today to speak with one of our directors about cremation options and costs.