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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.

We Honor Veterans level 3 badgeWe 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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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.

"After my husband's very unexpected death, I was fearful about what high pressure sales tactics I would have to endure while making his final arrangements. Angelyn made the process very smooth without any pressure at all. She was very thorough and made sure to answer all my questions. I could not have been more pleased."

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February 2021

"In the darkest of times and the darkest of tragedies, the loss of our child, Nelsen specifically Nichole managed to bring peace where there had been none. We had called another funeral home, the greatest difference was that Nelsen didn't just listen they heard and respected us. Its evident they do this for a living because they have God given gifts that make them exceptional stewards."

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December 2020

"Nichole Wood was outstanding. She was caring, attentive, and professional. She went above and beyond in every aspect. She made helpful suggestions and walked us through everything that needed to be addressed. I felt like she was with us every step of the way which meant a lot during that time. Nelsen's overall made sure that we had everything we needed and that every detail was addressed. Everyone we dealt with was respectful and professional."

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November 2020

"Nelson's is a professional group of people to work with during a highly emotional time of life. I would highly recommend coming to Nelson's for their services."

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November 2020

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