Guide to Funeral Directors in Washington

Washington D.C., also known as the District, is the capital of the United States and home to nearly 700,000 people. There are several funeral homes in Washington D.C., offering funeral services to bereaved families and individuals.

Like many of the U.S.’s major cities, the District is predominantly Christian, with 41 per cent of residents identifying as various denominations of Protestantism, 20 per cent as Catholic, and roughly two per cent as Mormon. Therefore Washington funeral homes are likely to have extensive experience organizing Christian funeral services and links with local places of worship.

Washington D.C. is also home to many other religions, such as Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Washington funeral homes are likely to have experience providing funeral services for a range of cultural and religious beliefs.

Funeral arrangements in Washington D.C. are governed by District of Columbia state law. Unlike the majority of other states, in D.C. there are no laws that require embalming. However, many people still choose embalming if they wish to view their loved one or have an open casket funeral.

Under D.C. state law, burials must take place in established cemeteries. Residents of D.C. can still reserve a plot in the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Hill East, alongside some of the nation’s most noteworthy citizens. There is the beautiful and historic Rock Creek Cemetery to the north of the city, and Glenwood Cemetery in Edgewood. D.C.’s Catholic congregations are served Mt. Olivet, the largest Catholic burial ground in the state. Jewish residents also have several options, including Elesavetgrad and Adas Israel cemeteries, both based in Southeast Washington.

Washington D.C. is also home to Arlington National Cemetery, the nation’s premier military cemetery, reserved for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Washington funeral homes are therefore likely to have experience liaising with the U.S. armed forces to organize military honors for funerals.

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