Woodlawn Memorial Gardens began serving the Tidewater area in 1958. Woodlawn Funeral Home & Crematory opened on the cemetery grounds in 1996. Together, the sister locations give families a convenient place to plan funerals, cremations, memorials and more. With a professional staff and a peaceful, intimate setting, we help people from all backgrounds celebrate life.
Flexible event space
Facility is available to host your personal events
Celebration of Life center
Facility is designed for personalized funeral celebrations
- Veterans cemetery section
- Recently renovated
- Large capacity chapel up to 250
- Cemetery spaces available
- Custom headstones and markers
- Piano/organ on site
Family Estates are a distinguished tribute to a family legacy. They can be customized with stained glass, benches and landscaping
Grave markers that sit flush to the ground in the material of preference
Private or Community spaces for urns as well as caskets, that can be Indoor or outdoor
- Coffee lounge
- Onsite cemetery
Option for mail delivery of ashes
Sent through postal mail service, signature required.
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Cremation cemetery options
- Cremation niches
- Option for home delivery of ashes
- Cremation gardens
Arrangements by phone or email
Complete funeral planning, including electronic signature, without needing a funeral home visit
- Catered events
- Large reception area
Options to have your personalized celebrations on outdoors on our property
Tribute video production
Services available to create a tribute video for the service or obituary from photos and videos.
- Live music available
- Popular music selections
- Intimate reception area
Space available for corporate and organization meetings
Ceremony where the tombstone is placed at your loved one’s gravesite
- Police escort available
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Jewish cemetery section
- Shomer available
- Tahara room
- Ritual washing
Free Funeral Planning Resources
Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.
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A welcoming Norfolk funeral home
Located on Virginia Beach Boulevard, our red brick funeral home is a comfortable place to start the healing process. The light and bright chapel has beautiful stained-glass windows and pew seating for more than 275 guests. Flexible spaces allow families to host visitations and catered receptions large and small.
Personalized memorials that celebrate life
The professionals at Woodlawn Funeral Home & Crematory pride themselves on asking good questions and anticipating needs. We specialize in creating services that deeply reflect your personality or that of your loved one. Working with your funeral director, you can select readings, speakers and songs, and create meaningful moments. A funeral can include military honors, masonic rites or religious leadership. We’re here to share our expertise and help you in the way that fits your family’s traditions and preferences.
We are happy to —from a breakfast buffet to a sit-down dinner, cake and coffee to a crab boil. We can decorate virtually any way you choose, creating a fisherman’s paradise, a sports fan’s dream, an artist’s studio or a fashionista’s closet. We also provide honorable and distinguished veterans services.
From a butterfly release to a barbecue, a fireworks display to a military salute, the list of what we can do is nearly endless. Start with a story—we’ll take it from there, arranging every detail from venue to food to music and more.
Cremation services at Woodlawn
Not everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in , the funeral home team can explain the process and the different memorial and burial options. From a direct cremation without a service or a witness to a full funeral service before or after the cremation and more, we help you understand this increasingly common choice.
For families who choose the time-honored tradition of cremation, our full-service funeral home has a private crematory on the property. This gives Woodlawn Funeral Home complete control of a cremation from start to finish and means your loved one never leaves our care. If desired, cremated remains may be buried or placed in a niche at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Your caring provider
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens cemetery
With more than 75 acres of rolling green lawns and mature trees, including 40 undeveloped acres for future generations, Woodlawn is a peaceful final resting place and provides families with permanent memorials to return to year after year.
The cemetery offers a broad range of burial options, from traditional ground plots to cremation niches to mausoleum crypts. Large family estates and private family mausoleums are options for families who desire them, and we are able to combine in-ground burial for casketed and cremated remains.
Beautiful gardens and a chapel mausoleum
The cemetery is home to 17 gardens, including many religious sections—King David’s Garden, the Garden of St. Luke, the Garden of the Ten Commandments, to name a few—and three veterans sections. A dedicated Masonic Garden honors members of that brotherhood. A section dedicated to Orthodox Jews allows members of that faith to rest together.
When it comes to memorialization, there are also many options. Selections include flat memorials, upright granite monuments, ledgers, mausoleum plates, memorial benches and more. A new mixed-use estate garden allows for families to be laid to rest together, whether they choose traditional ground burial or cremation burial. The area, near the middle of the cemetery, includes private hedge estates, semiprivate estates, family columbaria, a community columbarium and cremation benches.
Situated in the center of the cemetery, the elegant chapel mausoleum offers indoor and outdoor crypt spaces for single caskets and cremation niches for one to six cremations. With its beautiful, modern architecture and glorious stained-glass art illustrating “Psalm 23,” it is a revered space in which to inter and visit a loved one. Small committal services can be held inside the mausoleum.
Here when you need us
Woodlawn has a long tradition of caring, and we are always here for you. Please contact us if you need immediate assistance with cemetery property or would like a tour of Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. We are always here to assist you and happy to show you around.
Established as a private, family-owned cemetery in 1958, Woodlawn Memorial Gardens encompasses 75 acres between Virginia Beach Boulevard and Newtown Road in Norfolk. When the founders of memorial park were planning their cemetery, they turned to 19th-century rural park cemeteries for inspiration. They envisioned a place with winding, tree-lined roads and lush gardens designed not only for burials, but also for family gatherings, picnics, reading and reflection. The first memorial took place at the cemetery in 1960; today the property provides a place for thousands of families to remember and honor their loved ones, as well as take walks and be with nature.
In 1996, Ken Bell and Jane Garland opened a funeral home and crematory on the grounds of Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, creating a place for families to plan funerals, cremations and burials at convenient sister locations.
In 2018, both funeral home and cemetery became part of the Dignity Memorial® network. As North America's largest group of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, the Dignity Memorial brand is your assurance of quality, value, caring service and exceptional customer satisfaction.