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   Cremation and Funeral Alternatives has a new owner and a new location. CAFA is now Cremation and Funeral Alternatives by Brent D. Francis P.A. and now operates out of Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 7527 Harford Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234. CAFA's old location, at 8717 Green Pastures Drive, is now closed. Our website will be updated soon to reflect these changes. In the meantime, call 410-321-1005 for more information.


   Cremation and Funeral Alternatives now provides "green," or eco-friendly, funeral services. In fact, CAFA is the Baltimore area's only funeral establishment approved by the Green Burial Council, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmental sustainability in funeral service. Our Green Burial plans allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic or non-biodegradable materials or chemicals. Call 410-321-1005 for details.

NOTE: If you have any trouble reaching us at our main number (410-321-1005), please call this toll-free number to reach our answering service: 1-877-386-8396.

FREE online obituary with photo
offered to every family we serve.


Maryland Governor's Citation recognizes the "high integrity" and "outstanding services" of
CAFA owner Stephen D. Lohrmann.

24-hour service
throughout the Baltimore metro area.

Free consultation by appointment
at our offices or your home.

   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, church funerals and graveside services, personalized memorials and caring personal support--all for hundreds or even thousands of dollars less.
    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.

    Why consider pre-arranging a funeral for yourself or a loved one? You may have very particular ideas about what you want. You may be interested in controlling costs. Or you may want to make things easier for your family. CAFA encourages pre-arrangement. In our experience, pre-arranging fosters communication among family members and reduces stress, because the wishes of the deceased are made clear.
    Another advantage of pre-arrangement is that it gives the family time to set aside funds to cover funeral expenses. If you're interested in pre-paying, we'll go over the pros and cons to help you make the right decision. And we'll also explain how, even if you've already pre-arranged with some other firm, you can usually save money by switching over to CAFA. For more information on advance planning, click here to download our free publication, "Planning for Peace of Mind." For pre-arrangement forms, click here.


    Like all of our clients, your requirements will be unique. You can choose from:

  • Pre-arrangement and pre-payment plans
  • Caskets and cremation containers
  • Urns, keepsake pendants and other ways to cherish cremation remains
  • Embalming and other preparatory services
  • Burial or cremation, performed individually and respectfully
  • Services and ceremonies of all types, for all communities and faiths
  • Custom-printed memorial cards, folders and service programs
  • Intimate, comfortable setting for family gatherings
  • Efficient, professional yet sensitive service
  • Complimentary blue spruce "remembrance tree" seedling to plant in memory of the deceased.


“I liked the intimate, simple, warm setting. … I want to thank Steve and Lynda … for doing such a beautiful job. It far exceeded my expectations. … The whole family remarked how beautiful everything was.” --Monica G., Cockeysville

“This is the second time that we have used the services of CAFA, and each time the staff has been very courteous, professional, and caring. I have recommended your facility to friends for future planning.” --Vesheara N., Baltimore.

“The people are very kind and considerate. If I live in the area when my time comes, I would tell my family to use your services.” --Colleen M., Baltimore.

“Keep up the good work!” --Paul B., Baltimore.

“Everyone that I dealt with was wonderful.” --Sandra F., Glen Burnie.

Licensed by the Maryland State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors