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Cremation Code of Ethics

At Cremation Society of Colorado 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.

Compared to most others, we are somewhat unique in that our facility is secure and under our own control. It is immaculate and ready for your inspection at any time. Our cremation equipment represents the newest and cleanest technology and our procedures are careful and thorough. We offer a special viewing room for those who wish to be present for the start of the cremation process and offer free pre-cremation identification to ensure peace of mind. 

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 survivors have the right to inspect the crematory at any time. Our “Open Door Policy” allows you to view the crematory and learn about the manner with which we ensure that cremations are conducted responsibly and the cremated remains are handled carefully. 

Identification of The Deceased:

  • 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.
  • An identification of the unembalmed body can be provided.
  • 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.

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

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). 





3020 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303.797.6888                  
Fax: 303.468.2006

5210 E. Arapahoe Road
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: 303.797.6888
Fax: 303.468.2006

12162 East Mississippi Avenue
Aurora, CO 80012

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  • "Mr. Gleed was very caring and attentive to our needs regarding the passing of our daughter. He delivered what was promised. He has called to check on our well-being since we received her ashes. Ashes will be scattered at sea in San Diego, California"
    - Philip Perrin, Encinitas, CA
  • "The reason I selected Cremation Society of Colorado was of my initial telephone conversation with Andy Gleed. He was compassionate, knowledgeable and was not rushed during our conversation".
    - Deborah Young-Bettelli, Centennial, CO
  • "It was a difficult time. Andy took care of it all. We are very grateful."
    - Rick O'Neal, Jacksonville, FL
  • "Mr. Gleed did a Wonderful job. I don't feel he could improve on his services"
    - Vernette Ohlinger, Shelton, WA
  • "Thanks to Andy for being so understanding, answering all questions and always answering or returning calls. He was great. Also your staff is very nice."
    - Jean Morrissey, Broomfield, CO
  • Ashley,
    Keep doing what you are doing. It was awesome to be able to do 95% of the arrangements on line. The assistance of Ashley was truly valued. I did everything on line, which was a huge benefit for me. I sent one email and all was done by phone after that.
    - Carol Wolf, Fredrick CO
  • Ashley is an excellent representative of the CSC. The South Colorado Blvd. chapel was exactly what we needed. Thanks to all of you.
    - Pat Pease, Denver CO
  • The service we received was excellent. Ashley helped with some difficult decisions and made everything easier for us. She is a caring, compassionate individual, and a big asset to your company. The other staff were all very helpful as well. We had a good experience. Thank you.
    - Karen Wilkerson, Centennial, CO
  • Everyone I spoke with was very helpful. I really appreciated no hidden charges. Your staff did what we asked for - no more - no less - perfect! All arrangements were made years ago by my parents so when my dad's death occurred everything went off seamlessly. Thank you.
    - Eloise Young, Parker CO
  • Ashley made this experience bearable. The best at what she does. Her compassion and empathy and caring were real and palpable. She personally handled every request. Every funeral director should be that good.
    -Jacquelyn Lee, Lakewood, CO