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Cremation Code of Ethics

At Albert Brown Mortuary, 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. You are entitled to know how and where the cremation process is completed. 

After an extremely detailed review process, we selected Oak View Memorial Park in Antioch as the crematory provider for our families choosing cremation. Both Albert Brown Mortuary and Oak View Memorial Park Crematory adhere to strict pre-cremation identification procedures to ensure peace of mind. The staff at Albert Brown can arrange a viewing for those who wish to be present for the start of the cremation process. 

Your Rights: 

  • Your family has the right to absolute integrity from the crematory staff. 
  • Your family has the right to freedom of choice and a positive "can-do" attitude from our staff. 
  • Your family has the right to select from easy to understand packages that simplify the process. 
  • Your family has 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). 
  • Your family has the right to be advised of any policies and applicable legal requirements prior to finalizing the cremation arrangements and the Cremation Authorization Form. 
  • Your family has the right to inspect the crematory at any time. Oak View Memorial Park’s “Open Door Policy” allows you to view their crematory, 2500 East 18th Street, Antioch and learn about the manner with which cremations are conducted responsibly and the cremated remains are handled carefully.

California Law: 

  • 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. 

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 are members of the Cremation Association of North American (CANA) and therefore hold ourselves and the crematory to a very high code of ethics in how we operate. 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.  

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