Burials & Services

Burials & Services

Historic Congressional Cemetery is an interdenominational burial ground and accommodates several types of interments, from eco-friendly green burials and inurnments to traditional casket burials. Accommodations are routinely made for family preferences, religious practices, and personal lifestyles and beliefs. We do not require the use of a concrete vault or grave liner, nor do we require embalming of decedents. Families are encouraged to become involved with the burial and ritual process of their choice as long as it does not conflict with state law. Headstones are optional, but must fit within the measurements of the plot itself (see Rules & Regulations for more detail).

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For information on our memorials, click here (PDF) and contact cpate@congressionalcemetery.org or mpuglisi@congressionalcemetery.org.

Pre-Planning Arrangements

Congressional Cemetery strongly encourages pre-planning of funeral and burial arrangements. We will soon be presenting a pre-planning program with a financial planner and funeral home representative to discuss expenses and benefits of making prior arrangements for funerals and burials.

This option offers:

  • Peace of mind that your final wishes will be carried out in the manner you desire.
  • Simplicity for loved ones during the grieving process.
  • Ease of payment through installments.

Available Sites

Historic Congressional Cemetery's thirty-five acres currently contain approximately 65,000 burials and 25,000 headstones. Plots are available for purchase in all sections of the cemetery, each with unique historical landscapes, features, monuments, and historic figures.

Congressional Cemetery offers a range of options to meet your family's needs. Prices for full burial plots range from $4,000 in the cemetery's east end to $8,000 in the most historic sections. Each full-sized plot can accommodate two traditional full casket burials or up to eight cremation urns. Prices for cremation only burial plots are $3,750, and can accommodate between two and four burials depending upon the dimensions of the burial container. Green burial options are available throughout the cemetery. Burial fees are determined by the depth of the grave at the time of need.

We are available to assist anyone interested in purchasing a burial plot. Please call the Gatehouse at 202-543-0539 or write to mpuglisi@congressionalcemetery.org.

  • To download a PDF of the pricing map, click here
  • To download a PDF of the pricing chart, click here

Interment Options

Tradition Burial

  • Interment Rights for 3’ by 8’ Full Body Burial Grave Site
  • Grave Liner (optional)
  • Open and Close Fee ($1,800 — Single Depth, $2,200 — Double Depth)
  • Memorial (optional)
  • Monument Placement/Installation Fee for Memorial
Green Burial Council

Green Burial

  • Interment Rights for 3’ by 8’ Full Body Burial Grave Site
  • No vault (partial, inverted, or otherwise)
  • No lid, concrete box, slab or partial liner
  • Open and Close Fee ($1,800 — Single Depth, $2,200 — Double Depth)
  • No embalming
  • Eco-friendly burial container (wicker or plain pine) or shroud
  • Memorial (optional)
  • Monument Placement/Installation Fee for Memorial

In-Ground Inurnment

  • Interment Rights for 3’ by 4’ Cremation Burial Grave Site
  • OR Interment Rights for 3’ by 8’ Full Body Burial Grave Site
  • Burial Container (urn, box, shroud)
  • Liner (optional)
  • Open and Close Fee ($600)
  • Memorial (optional)
  • Monument Placement/Installation Fee for Memorial

Cremation Bench Sites

  • Bench Placement Rights for 2’ by 5’ Bench Site
  • Memorial Bench that Accommodates Cremation Inurnment
  • Monument Placement/Installation Fee for Memorial
  • Burial Container (urn, box, shroud)
  • Open and Close Fee ($100)

Columbarium Niches

  • Inurnment Rights for Columbarium Niche
  • Burial Container (urn, box, shroud)
  • Open and Close Fee ($100)
  • Engraving Fee

Additional Fees

  • Lowering Device Rental $400.00
  • Weekend Fee $600.00
  • Evening Fee (After 5 pm) $300.00
  • Tent (10 x 10) & Chair Rental $50.00

Rental Facilities

Chapel Rental: $300 per hour (2-hour minimum)

Amenities:

  • Off-street parking
  • Open space
  • Seats 100 (without chairs standing room for 100+), flexible seating
  • Power outlets
  • Restrooms are a short walk from the chapel
  • Food and drinks permitted

Gatehouse Conference Room Rental: $250 per hour (2-hour minimum)

Amenities:

  • Four 6-foot long tables to arrange as necessary
  • 15 conference chairs
  • Open space as needed
  • Heated/air conditioned
  • Small kitchen space available (if needed)