Cremation Code of Ethics

At Compagnola Funeral Home we value your trust, which is why our policy and prices are accessible throughout the cremation process. We know that this information will impact your decision and we ensure a thorough understanding of the cremation process. You are entitled to review the various service and merchandise options we can provide as well as being advised of any legal or policy requirements that may have an impact on the decisions you are making.


Our code of ethics

We believe:

  • In dignity and respect in the care of the deceased, in compassion for the living who survive them, and in the memorialization of life;
  • That a cremation provider should be responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of respect at all times;
  • That the greatest care should be taken in the appointment of crematory staff members, any of whom must not, by conduct or demeanor, bring the crematory or cremation into disrepute;
  • That cremation should be considered as a preparation for memorialization;
  • And that the dead of our society should be memorialized through a commemorative means suitable to the survivors.

We think this Code of Ethics will help you and your family during your time of loss. As a family-owned and locally managed funeral home, we bring a high level of care and compassion to our work.


Pennsylvania Law

Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, funeral home and cremation regulations require that within 24 hours of death the body be cremated, buried, refrigerated, or sanitarily embalmed. The legal requirements of processing the death certificate and receiving a county-issued permit before the cremation can take place usually make it necessary to refrigerate if a service with embalming is not selected.

Your Rights

  • The survivors have the right to absolute integrity from the crematory staff.
  • The survivors have the right to freedom of choice and a positive "can-do" attitude from our staff.
  • The survivors have the right to select from easy to understand packages that simplify the process.
  • The survivors have the right to view and select from a wide and value-priced variety of cremation merchandise that is utilized in the cremation process (a cremation container) and will subsequently contain the cremated remains (an urn).
  • The survivors have the right to be advised of any policies and applicable legal requirements prior to finalizing the cremation arrangements and the Cremation Authorization Form.


The Cremation Process

  • One deceased will be cremated during the cremation process in a rigid or semi-rigid leak-resistant container.
  • Our unique 2-person pre-cremation sign-off process ensures the highest ethical and legal standards.
  • The cremated remains, consisting of bone fragments, will be diligently removed from the cremation chamber and processed into small fragments. Because the cremation chamber is lined with porous material, it is not always possible to remove small traces of the cremated remains.
  • May be observed by the survivors if that is their wish (with a signed release form) We record the name of your loved one, the date and time of the cremation, identification number, crematory operator’s name, as well as additional information regarding the cremation in the cremation log book.


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