There are many possible solutions for burial sites for humans at Congressional Cemetery. Burial can occur for full-sized and cremated remains. Each site is three feet by eight feet. With double depth, two sets of full remains and up to eight sets of cremated remains can receive burial in one traditional plot space. Each segment of the cemetery still has room to receive additional burials.
Traditional Earth Burial: Ground burial for full-sized remains is a conventional method of final disposition. Costs are impacted by your unique selections, such as grave depth and the optional use of a burial vault. Memorials and monuments can be installed at a traditional burial site, with a lot of latitude in design. Verify your piece before ordering, of course, but the guideline only requires that the memorial does not extend past the edges of your plot.
Recognized Green Burial: With increasing environmental concerns, green burial is a powerful way to impact a lessening of the final footprint. The Green Burial Council recognizes Congressional Cemetery for the efforts made to invite a more natural return to the earth. There are no requirements for embalmed bodies, and grave liners and outer burial containers are entirely optional. If you seek a green burial, you will want to source a fully biodegradable casket or shroud.
Ground Burial for Inurned Remains: Burying cremated bodies in the ground creates a place of a permanent memorial for your loved one. It is a good solution for many families. It is also a fantastic way to maximize space and bury several loved ones close when one plot receives multiple inurned remains over time.
Memorialize with a Cremation Bench: Benches with niche spaces for cremated remains offer an impressive monument that entombs the above ground remains.
Lockwood Columbarium Niches: The Lockwood Columbarium structure has the capacity for large and smaller niches that can hold single or double urns as needed. Columbaria houses offer a beautiful, weather-proof place to visit when you need to feel close to your departed.
Congressional Cemetery is one of few cemeteries in Arlington County, VA, and nearby areas offering pet burial sites. This “Kingdom of Animals” was added to the cemetery after several years of planning, budgeting, and research made clear this was a welcome addition to the site. The animals are buried in their own section with a clear fenced differentiation from the rest of the cemetery.
Non-profit establishments sometimes need creative ways to raise capital and keep things running well. For example, our K9 memberships and day passes account for approximately one-fourth of the total operating budget for Congressional Cemetery. This program allows dogs to visit (with their owners) and roam the 35+ acre establishment off-leash. Other seasonal events come with membership as well.
The cemetery chapel and other portions of the burial park can be obtained for private event rentals. Publicly hosted events such as our “Cinematery” series (movie night in the cemetery) and Plot Twist Yoga invite you to experience the cemetery uniquely. Seasonal guided tours are listed on our calendar. Event tickets are required to attend organized events.
Congressional Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk. Visit anytime and give yourself one of the many self-guided walking tours available on our website. There is nothing like this place in all the cemeteries in Arlington County, VA, and the nearby areas. Call (202) 543-0539 with questions or stop by and experience this place of tranquility at 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003.