Funeral Arrangements

It is our goal to help families complete the relationship with their loved one and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.


The Traditional Funeral Service includes a family or public visitation that is followed by a funeral service, typically at the funeral home or in the family’s church. This service would be followed by earth burial or entombment in an above ground mausoleum. Many cemeteries require that a minimum of a grave liner be used to encase the casket when earth burial is selected. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. The vault is constructed of thicker concrete and are manufactured with inner liners that not only restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth), but increase the strength of the vault.

Cremation Following a Funeral Service is just like a traditional funeral service except it is followed by cremation in lieu of a procession to the cemetery. Following the visitation, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping.

Cremation Preceding a Funeral Service is like a funeral, only it is a service of remembrance without the body present. Often the urn, pictures and other personal items will be on display to serve as a focal point for the memorial service. Even when cremation is selected before the service, there will be a time for immediate family to spend time with their loved one. This is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. This is also a time for the immediate family to say goodbye.

Cremation without Service is the prompt cremation following death, without a formal funeral or memorial service. Like with a cremation preceding a funeral service, the immediate family will have time to spend with their loved one prior to the cremation.

Arlington National Cemetery

For information about our veterans burial services at Arlington National Cemetery, please click here.

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Our Locations

Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Inc.
7557 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 652-2200
Fax: (301) 656-2210
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Rockville, Inc.
300 W. Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 762-3939
Fax: (301) 217-0377
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Serving the Communities of:

Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg,
Washington D.C., Potomac,
Kensington, Chevy Chase,
Germantown, and all of
Montgomery County, Maryland.

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