Options for Cremation

Our Crematory

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.

Trusted and Dignified

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 a few facts and options regarding cremation.

Personalizing a cremation with a celebration of life can be very therapeutic. A celebration gives you and your family something to concentrate on as you relive memories. We offer many ways to personalize a service. As with burial options, cremations can be personalized. From serving your loved one’s favorite ice cream to releasing butterflies, displaying memories through photo boards or even playing a tribute video, cremations should have the same focus in mind, celebrating the unique life lived. Learn more about the Celebrations of Life.

Some request direct cremation, eliminating “all the bother of funeral services” for family members. Funeral services and celebrations aren’t provided for the deceased; they’re there to help support and comfort the living. Direct disposal of cremated remains or scattering without a service or memorialization of any kind can cause emotional problems for survivors. With no celebration and permanent resting place, problems arise from inadequate grieving. Take time to consider family and friends.In suffering a loss, the traditional rites of passage and memorialization can be beneficial in helping individuals pass through the stages of grief. When the practice of cremation is accomplished with human dignity and recognition, it will:

  • Help assuage grief
  • Alleviate guilt
  • Contribute to emotional stability
  • Create peace of mind

Some family members are disturbed at the thought of death itself, much less cremation, which many perceive as a cold and uninvolved process. They may resist your wishes when the time comes. It’s best to address your wishes with your family now. You can put their unease to rest, and have peace of mind knowing your wishes will be carried out.

Our crematory is operated by dedicated people with great respect for the deceased. Restrictions on cremation are different from state to state, even from one cemetery to the next. Depending on the final resting place you choose, requirements may include an urn, urn vault, and other items. Making your choices now can help your family down the road. In most cases, cremation satisfies federal clean air requirements.

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Cremation

Simple, direct cremation. Learn more about our cremation options