Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory offers Knoxville’s only on-site crematory. By having a crematory on-site at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel, we are not dependent on anyone else’s schedule or facilities, and we oversee every step of the cremation. Your loved one will never leave our care, and as the sole service provider, our services stay affordable for all budgets. Gentry Griffey is the only funeral home in Knoxville that does not use an out-of-town crematory. The entire cremation process is completed on-site at our crematory by our professional and licensed staff.
Since our crematory is located on our premises and includes a viewing room, we both welcome and encourage families to be present prior to the cremation, which is an option not available at any other area funeral home.
For those who have chosen cremation but have pre-planned their final arrangements at another funeral home, it is a very simple process to transfer that pre-arranged plan to our funeral home. Our staff can handle all of the details for you.
Over the last few years, the interest in cremation as a means of final disposition has increased. There are many options available for those who choose cremation, and it is not necessary to limit or alter the type of funeral arrangements you select because you have chosen cremation. Many families include the traditional viewing, visitation and funeral service as a part of the final arrangements, while others decide to have a simpler memorial services.
Our staff can help you make the decision that is right for you. Following are some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation. For additional information about cremation, please contact us.
Why do people choose cremation over a traditional burial?
There are many reasons why people choose cremation. Among the most common are environmental considerations, philosophical reasons, cost and because they feel it is less complicated for their families. Whatever the reason, choosing cremation is a very personal decision and one that should be made after considering all the options. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have about cremation and to guide you through the planning process.
If I choose cremation, can my family still have a funeral service?
The choice of cremation does not limit the type of funeral arrangements you may make. Many people plan a traditional visitation and funeral service prior to the cremation while others decide on a simple memorial service to be held either before or after the cremation. Whatever your decision, it should be the one that is right for you.
Is a casket necessary?
If a funeral service is planned, either a traditional casket or a cremation casket may be chosen. Cremation caskets are simpler in design and are typically less expensive because they are made with different materials. We have many styles of both traditional and cremation caskets available, and our staff can help you decide which is most appropriate for your needs.
Will an urn be needed?
Following cremation, an urn or temporary container is used to protect the cremated remains. Cremation urns are available in a wide variety of materials and price ranges. Temporary containers are designed to hold the remains only until final disposition and are made of less permanent materials. A selection of urns is available in our Family Services Center, and our staff can help you choose one that best fits your situation.
What happens after the cremation?
The cremated remains will be placed in an urn or temporary container. The remains are then given to the designated family member or other designated person for final disposition.