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Thank you for visiting the website of CREMATION AND FUNERAL ALTERNATIVES, the Baltimore area's comprehensive alternative to traditional funeral homes. We offer cremations and burials, viewings, memorial services, church funerals and graveside services, personalized memorials and caring personal support--all for hundreds or even thousands of dollars less. We offer dignified direct cremation for only $935.00

Our staff is knowledgeable, courteous and understanding, our services handled with dignity and respect. If you're seeking information about arranging your funeral or cremation ahead of time, if you need to arrange services today, or if you simply want to learn more about your options, we are here to help.


The average funeral costs about $6,000, not including cemetery fees. That's because traditional funeral homes specialize in providing more elaborate, more expensive facilities, services and merchandise. (It may surprise you to know that many "neighborhood" funeral homes are in fact owned by profit-driven international conglomerates.) With its low overhead, locally owned CAFA is a welcome alternative for families that prefer a simpler approach and more flexibility. We specialize in offering simple, dignified arrangements at dramatically reduced costs.


Many people have misconceptions about funeral arrangements, often reinforced by the funeral homes themselves. With CAFA, you'll discover that you actually have many choices and rights. 

The first choice is between cremation and burial. If you choose cremation, you can still have a traditional viewing or funeral service, with a rental casket if you wish. Or you can achieve many of the benefits of a funeral with an intimate family viewing, with suitable containers for the cremation and the ashes. If you prefer burial, CAFA can offer a choice of caskets to fit any budget, whether or not we handle the funeral. 

For those who want to "go green" in making funeral arrangements, CAFA offers preparation without chemicals (when practical), and a variety of eco-friendly, biodegradable caskets and urns.

We can arrange for a religious or secular service, a formal or informal gathering, or a highly personalized memorial that celebrates the life with photographs and other mementos. Services can be arranged at places of worship, graveside, a private home or other facilities. By offering these and other alternatives CAFA enables you to make a choice you can live with.


We are always interested in hearing from the families that we serve. Please take a moment to let us know how well we served you in your time of need. We very much appreciate your feedback.

Featured Services

Send Flowers
View Obituaries

Directly order flowers, view and sign the condolences book, share memories and more to celebrate lives of those dearly missed.

Grief Support
Grief Support

Helpful resources to guide you through the loss of a loved one.


Take a few moments to express your wishes now and help to ease the burden on your loved ones.

Frequent questions
Frequent Questions

A collection of answers to questions that people often have when arranging for a funeral.

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