Resthaven Memorial Gardens is the first of any cemetery or funeral home in the area to perform cremations on site, without requiring storage or transportation to facilities in surrounding counties. With more then 25 years of experience operating our crematory we offer the best possible care and the widest array of memorialization options.

Overview of Cremation

The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.

Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.

What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, can increase one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.

Importance of memorialization

Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.

Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home for a period of time. Resthaven offers the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains.

Memorialization Options for Cremation:

Cremation Garden – Remains may be buried in our special urn garden, a comforting setting where family and friends can go for remembrance and quiet reflection.

Indoor Glass Front Niches – Your loved one’s remains may be placed in an above ground niche. Central Maryland's only Eternally lit, indoor glass-front niches are available, in both individual and companion configurations.

Outdoor Niches - The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches located throughout the park.

Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site. Or they may be interred within a beautiful bronze memorial and placed on the family plot.

Personalized Memorialization – Inscribe your family member’s name and a special saying on a granite birdbath or cremation bench.  We also offer boulders for cremated remains that can be placed in any number of landscaped areas throughout the park. Urns and Keepsakes, perfect for displaying inside a glass front niche, or even among other treasured items inside your home. For an overview of these items, please visit pur products pages or contact us directly so we can personally address your needs.

Cremation and Funerals

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made.They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Resthaven Funeral Services is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services, including a general price list, please call 301-898-1577.

A ‘direct cremation’ refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care. Transportation, under Maryland state law, may be provided by family members to our facility, providing proper procedures are followed. For more information and to obtain a general price list please click here or call 301-898-7177.