Our Services

Funerals serve an important purpose: they allow us to recognize a life that was lived and acknowledge that the life has come to an end. Funerals exist for the living, for survivors who suffer the loss of a loved one. 

We understand that every family is different. Influences such as religious and cultural traditions, cost concerns and personal preferences make each funeral as unique as the person who is being honored. We will discuss the many options and details that make each of our services a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one


Traditional Funeral Services

Gilliam Funeral Home is a full service funeral home. We offer a large selection of caskets, vaults, urns and grave monuments. We own and operate our own crematory and monument company. Our funeral home is designed to be a modern funeral home with it's very spacious interior and large parking area.


Coming Home

If the Big Stone Gap or Appalachia area is your or your loved one's home town and where the funeral services will be held, simply call Gilliam Funeral Home, and we can make all the arrangements for you.


Cremation

When choosing cremation, you have many service options. 

  1. You can choose to have a visitation with a viewing and funeral and, if you have chosen burial, a graveside service can be conducted the same day or any day you choose. We own our own crematory, so we can accommodate family members schedules. 
  2. You can choose to have direct cremation with a memorial service and, if you have chosen burial, the graveside service can be the same day or any day you choose. 
  3. You can choose just cremation with no services.

Guidelines for Choosing a Funeral Home for Cremation 

It is recommended, when you are arranging for a cremation, that the planning be done prior to immediate need. This gives you the benefit of making arrangements without the pressure of time.

The first thing you need to do is to put your wishes in writing. You cannot authorize your own cremation and therefore the next of kin(s) must be in agreement if a cremation is to take place. 

When choosing a funeral home for cremation, here are some questions to ask:

  1. Are they a member of the Cremation Association of North America? If not, do they adhere to a code of cremation ethics?
  2. Do they perform their own cremations? If so, can you tour the cremation facility? If not, who does the cremations for them and where are they located?
  3. Do they require the body to be identified prior to cremation?
  4. Can the cremation be witnessed by a family member or designated individual?
  5. What is the average time between receiving the deceased and the completion of the cremation?
  6. Do they have refrigeration facilities to hold the body prior to cremation?
  7. What is the procedure to track the body through the cremation process and verify the identity of the cremated remains following cremation?
  8. How are the cremated remains returned if an urn is not provided prior to cremation? What is the policy regarding holding of the cremated remains after the cremation is completed?
  9. What is their policy in regards to disposing prosthetics, artificial hips, knees, etc.?
  10. Will they give you references of other families who have used their services?
  11. Have their crematory operators been certified by a recognized organization, such as CANA, in the proper use of the cremation equipment and care of the body and cremated human remains?

Gilliam Funeral Home

618 Wood Ave. West
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Phone: 276.523.7000