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Cremation Code of Ethics

At Horan & McConaty 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. Of all the states, Colorado has the least amount of regulation, licensing, and supervision of funeral directors, embalmers, or cremationists. You are entitled to know how and where the cremation process is completed.


  • 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 survivors have the right to inspect the crematory at any time. Our “Open Door Policy” allows you to view the crematory, 11150 E. Dartmouth Avenue (at Parker Road) and learn about the manner with which we ensure that cremations are conducted responsibly and the cremated remains are handled carefully. 


  • Recognizing that this process is irreversible, it is in the best interests of the survivors and the crematory to ensure the correct identity of the deceased person before the cremation process takes place. The identification may be done by anyone who represents their ability to do so.
  • If the deceased is not viewed in connection with a visitation or funeral, an identification of the unembalmed body can be provided and must (by law) be for a very short time only.
  • Prior to the identification, the mouth and eyes of the deceased person are closed by generally accepted methods of mortuary science (for aesthetic purposes). A disinfectant cleansing of the face and other areas of the body is applied as deemed necessary by the mortician.


  • Requires 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.
  • Does not specifically address scattering. Private property, National Park, and religious restrictions (e.g. Roman Catholic) may apply.


  • 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 a 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).

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If you have questions or concerns about cremation, call us at 303.745.4418.

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