Choosing Cremation in East Tennessee

rosesThe decision of burial versus cremation is an important one and should not be taken lightly.

Whether deciding between burial or cremation for yourself or your loved one, it is important to understand your options so that you feel confident in your choice.

In recent years, the interest in cremation as a means of final disposition has increased.

One reason many individuals choose cremation is that it allows for a wide range of ceremony and memorial options. A ceremonial cremation allows the family and friends to hold traditional visitation services as well as a religious service or gathering before the cremation process is carried out.

Some families wish to have a personal gathering or memorial without the visitation option, which is fine too.

Direct cremation is another option available. This involves care and transport of your loved one and then the act of cremation. As the only on-site crematory in Knoxville, Gentry Griffey is not dependent on anyone else’s schedule or facilities. We manage every step of the cremation procedure and your loved one never leaves the care of our professional and licensed staff.

Gentry Griffey’s crematory is not only located on our premises, but also includes a viewing room and we welcome and encourage families to be present prior to the cremation.

Other reasons more and more folks are choosing cremation over a traditional burial include environmental considerations, philosophical reasons, or the fact that it offers a less complicated option for their families.

Whatever your reason for choosing cremation, we understand that this is a very personal decision for you or your loved one. Our trained staff is always available to help guide you through the planning process as well as answer any questions you may have.

We are committed to treating you and your family with dignity and respect and we appreciate the opportunity to continue serving the East Tennessee community for years to come.

Please contact us with questions, for more information, or to arrange a tour of our beautiful Fountain City funeral home. Call us at (865) 689-4481 or email

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