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Exceptional individuals deserve an especially memorable farewell. At Elmwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Columbia, South Carolina, we create fitting tributes inspired by life’s most memorable stories.

Together with our sister location, Elmwood Cemetery, we offer the convenience of taking care of all your funeral and burial arrangements. Both the funeral home and cemetery serve families from the Midlands and throughout the state of South Carolina with true Southern hospitality.

Personalized funeral services

Mausoleum at Elmwood CemeteryTell us about a lifelong hobby, a passionate pursuit or uncommon devotion to a vocation, and the professional funeral directors at Elmwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service will thoughtfully integrate elements to create an individualized tribute. Picture a glamorous evening of art, with a guided tour of a painter’s best work and keepsake prints for guests to cherish. Give an avid golfer one last trip to the links, with monogrammed golf balls given to guests for their next trip to the green. Let your imagination lead our creative resources, and together we can fulfill almost any final wish.

Whether you choose a traditional religious funeral or a contemporary celebration of life, we offer elements of customization to make each service uniquely yours.

A welcoming space for all

Reception room at Elmwood Funeral Home & Cremation ServiceWe serve families of all religious backgrounds and cultures. Our modern and comfortable event space is easily adapted for any type of small memorial. We can set it up with rows of chairs for a traditional service or tables for a reception with food and drinks. We will work with professional caterers to bring favorite dishes and family recipes to your event, so you can spend more time with your guests.

Cremation services

Cremation is important in certain religions and cultures, and more and more people are choosing cremation over more traditional burial options, but most people aren’t familiar with all of their choices when it comes to cremation. A counselor at Elmwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service will help you choose what is best for you and your loved one, whether it is a direct cremation without a funeral or memorial service of any kind, a funeral with the body present, followed by cremation or a cremation followed by a cemetery service or a celebration of life. In addition, our cemetery garden offers many options for cremation memorialization.

Elmwood Cemetery

A full-service perpetual care cemetery spanning 120 acres at the edge of Congaree Vista, Elmwood Cemetery has served Columbia's residents for more than 160 years. Rich in heritage and unique in atmosphere, the cemetery is a symbol of tranquility and stability.

As you stroll the property, you will find gently rolling hills, a large variety of hardwood trees and beautiful landscaping that provide a serene final resting place and a calming environment for meaningful reflection. With a wide variety of cemetery and burial options, we are certain that your family will find an arrangement that best suits your needs and wishes. At Elmwood Cemetery, we offer upright monuments, flush bronze memorials, a veterans section, private mausoleums, family estates, cremation estates and a community mausoleum.

We honor veterans

Elmwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service understands the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level One Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, our staff is knowledgeable in the benefits available to veterans and their families. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran's memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Count on us, day or night

Please contact us at Elmwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service or Elmwood Cemetery if we may assist with arrangements in Columbia, or if you would like to arrange a personal tour of the funeral home or cemetery grounds. You can count on our teams to guide you through the full range of funeral, cremation and burial options, with support and compassion at every step.







At Dignity Memorial, we take our promises seriously. That’s why we offer a 100% service guarantee. We strive to get every detail right the first time, every time. If for some reason we don’t and you’re dissatisfied with any aspect of your service, we will remedy it quickly and fully.

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Interested in learning more? Call us at 803-252-2133 to request a custom quote.

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Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Brent Caughman and staff went above and beyond making a very difficult time for our family more bearable. I've never had a need for funeral services at such a personal level but my husband suddenly passed Dec 11- we are both 55- no one plans for such an early and untimely death - but Brent and staff helped us every step of the way offering exactly what we needed and guided us through the process. It's Christmas - they were there for our needs in the middle of a season most are taking the day off. Highly recommend them for any need you have in the loss of a loved one."

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December 2020

"This is the second time I have used Elmwood Cemetery and they have been very supportive and empathetic and thoughtful both times. I recommend them without reservation, and I thank them for their help in difficult times."

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November 2020

"The funeral director, Weston, was calm, cheerful, professional, and good at pointing out costs and room for choices. He made us feel well led in the planning and on the day of our mother's funeral."

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September 2020

"My Aunt Luanne loved her flowers, the staff had her dressed in her floral dress, her hair combed nicely and the flowers I had requested were placed in her hands - she looked lovely. Amy was wonderful at guiding me through the forms that needed to be signed with compassion. I am tearing up now as I think of Aunt Luanne but I felt such comfort knowing she was in goods hands."

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September 2020

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