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At Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory in Richmond, Virginia, we believe a special individual deserves an exceptional memorial tribute. Our professional funeral directors specialize in transforming life's triumphs into an unforgettable memorial service for all to treasure.

Create your ideal tribute

Reception room at Nelsen RichmondLet’s start with a story. Paint us a picture of a personality—a person’s passions, pursuits and unmistakable traits—and we will create a custom memorial tribute that speaks to their best moments. Imagine a live jam session held in honor of your family’s most avid guitarist, with set performances by special guests and keepsake monogrammed guitar picks to pass down for generations. Envision a showcase of your family's green thumb’s handiwork, with her favorite flowering plants on display in our spacious stateroom and packets of seeds for guests to grow in remembrance. With our resources and your imagination, the possibilities are almost as unlimited as the personalities we serve.

Whether you select a traditional funeral service or a contemporary celebration of life, we help you select from the range of options available to create a fitting service. Military funerals with military honors commemorate a commitment to our nation. For those who choose cremation, we offer viewing beforehand and can coordinate with the cemetery of your choice for optional burial of cremated remains.

From music to decor, consider it handled. Professional caterers prepare and serve your favorite foods, so you can spend more time with those who matter most. We warmly receive guests at our interfaith chapel before and after each service. When you need peace of mind or guidance, count on Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory.

WHV 2020 - Level 3We honor veterans

At Nelsen Funeral Home, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Three 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.

Our historic Richmond funeral home

Front exterior building at Nelsen Richmond Nelsen Funeral Home serves families across the Richmond area in a tradition dating to 1892. Our 4th location opened in 1986 on Laburnum Avenue, with a large addition in 1990 to accommodate our growing neighborhood. Our reception center next door accommodates catered receptions, gatherings and other life celebration events to make each memorial tribute as unique as the individual we celebrate.

Call on us, day or night

Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory provides compassionate hospitality in the Virginia tradition to families in the Greater Richmond area. If we may assist with funeral arrangements in Richmond, or if you would simply like to tour our chapel, please contact us anytime.

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Express your sympathy with flowers & gifts

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Remember the one you love

Honor the memory of your loved one with cemetery flower placement. You choose the flowers. You choose the months. We do the rest.

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Express your sympathy with flowers & gifts

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Express your sympathy with flowers & gifts

1-800-Flowers

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Unable to find an obituary?

Not finding what you are looking for? Search for your loved one's obituary across any of our Washelli locations.

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Bouquet of flowers on a cemetery

Remember the one you love

Honor the memory of your loved one with cemetery flower placement. You choose the flowers. You choose the months. We do the rest.

Learn More
Vintage photos scattered

Unable to find an obituary?

Not finding what you are looking for? Search for your loved one's obituary across any of our other locations.

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Ratings & Reviews

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.

"Everyone at Nelsen went out of his or her way to provide top of the line service. More importantly, at a time like this their understanding, compassion and heartfelt concern for people and every aspect of the process was outstanding. To the people at Nelsen Funeral Home, it is obvious that it is a 'calling' and not a job."

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October 2021

"They responded immediately to our need with kindness and compassion."

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July 2021

"Everyone at Nelsens were so caring and living. They all went out of their way to make this sad time wonderful. We highly recommend Nelsens and especially the minister, Harry Bowman. It was all perfect."

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July 2021

"My experience eight Nelsen Funeral Home was the best possible. The funeral director, Nichole, provided all information needed and helped guide me to planning the most beautiful service for my mother. When the urn I chose was on back order and would not be in on time, but the design was extremely personal to my mother, she called around to other funeral homes to borrow one that would go with our theme. I did a butterfly release and Nichole offered to read a butterfly poem before the release. Everything was absolutely beautiful. She also recommended an amazing reverend to do the eulogy. The service could not have been any better. It matched my mom perfectly. Thank you Nelsen Funeral Home and Nichole!"

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June 2021

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