There are multiple burial solutions and sites for humans available at Congressional Cemetery. The founding plans called for plots of three feet in width and eight feet in length. If you choose a double depth interment, each site can receive two complete remains or up to eight funerary urns.
Honoring with Traditional Burial: Earthen burial in a traditional grave is a disposition solution that works for many. Your chosen options will impact the total costs. Fees will be assessed for opening and closing the grave (more money for a deeper dig) and additional burial containment, such as a grave liner. Additional fees could be charged for a temporary tent shelter and chairs rental if you have a graveside committal service.
Eco-Friendly Green Burial: It is becoming more concerning to many citizens that some traditional burial options may negatively impact the earth. Congressional Cemetery is pleased to offer solutions to support a more natural return to the ground. Avoiding the toxic chemical load associated with embalmed remains and fully biodegradable encasements such as wicker or plain pine caskets and shrouds allow bodies to decompose naturally. Additionally, there is no requirement for an exterior burial vault or grave liner, making green burial a viable possibility at this cemetery.
Below Ground, Inurned Remains Burial: Burying a cremated body in a contained form (either urn, box, or shroud) allows the remains to have a permanent final resting place. The urn plot also acts as a site of permanent memorial, which is a known benefit to those who are grieving the loss.
Cremation Bench Niches for Secure Above-Ground Burial: Cremation benches serve as a multi-purpose instrument. The bench is designed to hold up to three sets of inurned remains. It also acts as an attractive monument memorial marker to pay tribute to those buried within.
Weatherproof Columbarium Niches: The Lockwood Columbarium structure at Congressional Cemetery makes for a weatherproof gravesite. Large and small niches are available and designed to receive single or dual interments. In addition, you can visit your loved one’s final resting place within the structure for a comfortable temperature-controlled experience.
Another way that Congressional Cemetery stands out amongst the cemeteries in Washington, DC, is the recent expansion to allow for a segment that is specific to the burial of pets. After years of research, saving, and planning, this “Kingdom of Animals” was thoughtfully produced. It makes for a dignified and respectful site to lay your furry friends to rest in a serene and beautiful setting.
Funding a nonprofit cemetery and keeping plot spaces affordable sometimes requires additional revenue streams. Congressional Cemetery offers a K9 membership which, among other benefits, allows dog owners to walk their animals off-leash through the 35+acre grounds. This practice goes back to the concerned citizens who walked their dogs through the cemetery in the late 1990s, ultimately saving it and giving it new life. K9-day passes can also be purchased to participate for single-day use.
Other unique offerings available with event tickets are provided seasonally. This includes things like our popular “Cinematery” events where you can attend an outdoor movie on the cemetery grounds. In addition, guided tours of the cemetery are offered during certain months of the year.
At Congressional Cemetery, we pride ourselves on offering a memorable experience among cemeteries in Washington, DC. This is a beautiful destination for yourself, your family, and your beloved pets. See our lovely grounds set at 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003, open each day from sunrise to sunset. Please call (202) 543-0539 to make inquiries.