A Tribute to Veterans

A Tribute to Veterans


This is the month we set aside to honor American veterans – those valiant soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen of the U.S. Armed Forces – who all share a dedication to the defense of freedom. For generations, veterans have honored us with this sacrifice, and so all of us here at Found and Sons take our responsibility to honor them in death very seriously. We work hand in hand with their families in Culpeper and Fredericksburg to create a personalized tribute that celebrates the veteran’s life, passion, and special moments. There are a number of meaningful ways to pay tribute to these heroes, and we offer all of these options here at Found and Sons. 


First, upon the request of a surviving family member, all honorably discharged veterans – regardless of rank or whether or not they were on active duty – qualify for military funeral honors. A U.S flag is provided for their casket or urn in honor of their military service and is given to the next-of-kin after the funeral. The military funeral ceremony itself consists of the folding and presenting of the American flag by two uniformed military officers and the customary playing of Taps by a bugler. Additionally, the family of the deceased will receive a special certificate from the President of the United States, known as the Presidential Memorial Certificate. This document further expresses recognition of the veteran’s dedication to his or her country. Many are also eligible for special funeral and burial benefits due to their honorable service.


In addition to military funeral honors, another particularly good way to highlight a veteran’s life is to create a funeral memorial program.  As part of this program, you can incorporate pictures of them in uniform as well as information about his or her military experience, including years of active service, tour(s) of duty, and any medals or honors received. Many choose to create a memorial program that provides a look at their friend or family member’s life on a deeper level. If that’s your choice, know you can include a few of your loved one’s favorite stories from their time in active duty. This is a wonderful way to highlight the veteran’s special qualities and the impact he or she had on others.


The best gift family and friends can give to a deceased veteran at his or her death is a tribute which truly celebrates who they were as an individual. We can help you create a unique and meaningful service that focuses not on the veteran’s death, but on the honorable life, he or she lived.

Families Wishes VS Your Wishes

Your Family’s Wishes vs. Your Wishes:


One of the primary benefits to planning your own funeral is having the ability to make your wishes known. Your family, no doubt, wants to honor you by fulfilling your final wishes, and preplanning allows you to communicate those desires to them clearly. If for any reason, there could be a disagreement in the family about the way you are to be laid to rest, preplanning with us makes sure your wishes are followed to the letter and removes that pressure off your family.


Here are three ways prearranging with Found and Sons can put you in the driver’s seat:


1.) You have the ability to discuss all of the options available to you, in depth, with one of our prearrangement counselors. 


You may come here to our beautiful, comfortable facility to plan, or if you’d prefer, we can come to your home. Just let us know what is most comfortable for you. Either way, you’ll be armed with all the information you’ll need to make the best decision for you.  


2.) You can choose, for yourself, whether you want to be buried traditionally or cremated.


While cremation is becoming more and more popular, for some people, there are still cultural and religious considerations to weigh. Don’t leave any doubt for your loved ones about how you feel about your final disposition.


3.) Your funeral can reflect who you were – not who other people thought you were.


Hate the idea of being laid to rest with a lot of fanfare? Plan an intimate gathering for friends and family with minimal music or tributes. On the other hand, if you want to use your service to share a message with the world about who you were, we can make that happen for you. The experienced staff at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels and Cremation Service can help you plan every last detail – from the music to the eulogy, to more personalized aspects like a dove release or serving your favorite dessert. You can even host a beautiful, catered event in your honor at one of our reception centers.


At Found and Sons, we do encourage you to discuss all of these decisions with your family. But ultimately, you need to choose what brings you peace of mind. By pre-planning with Found and Sons, you can rest assured knowing your wishes will be heard and every detail handled.


If you were preplanning today, what is the number one thing you’d like to incorporate into your farewell?


The Many Options That Come with Cremation

The Many Options That Come with Cremation


Years ago, there was one factor that kept many families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral: People used to believe that if they chose cremation they could not have a funeral service, or if they did, it wouldn’t be as meaningful as it might be with traditional burial. When you choose Found and Sons Funeral Chapels & Cremation Service, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Being a part of the diverse community of Fredericksburg and Culpeper, Virginia, our ability to personalize a funeral service with the individual’s culture, values, and personality is critical to our ability to serve your family. When families come to Found and Sons, they discover that cremation is, indeed, a dignified and meaningful form of memorialization.


As traditions change, we develop new and meaningful ways to honor and commemorate our loved ones. Our attitudes toward what is “appropriate” during a funeral become much broader, and that means we can offer families new choices and new forms of tribute and remembrance. However, families who have lost a loved one sometimes find the choices a bit bewildering. They might also need help sparking creative ideas. Our expert team can help.


In the past, some people also viewed cremation only as a way to save money on funeral costs. But now, families who do choose cremation are discovering that dignified and touching services are available to help them honor and commemorate their loved one. When you choose cremation, you may still have a visitation, memorial service, traditional funeral service, graveside observance, and many other comforting and healing rituals. And you can personalize cremation services with vaults, caskets, and urns that bear emblems and engravings denoting religious affiliation, hobbies and special interests, and military or civic service.


You can trust that we accept nothing less than excellence at Found and Sons. We use a crematory service that rises to the level of our high standards of ethics, performance, and professionalism. We always ensure our families that while the cremation process takes place, our paramount concern is preserving the dignity of the person who has died.


When you choose cremation, ask these important questions:

1.) What kind of memorial services are available?

2.) What are the choices for personalization and telling the story of the life that has been lived?

3.) Most importantly, what measures does the funeral home take to guard the dignity of the process? We assure you of our unwavering commitment to preserving the dignity of your loved one.


Found and Sons Funeral Chapels & Cremation Service is, and will remain the most trusted funeral home servicing Fredericksburg and Culpeper families. And when it comes to cremation, that’s the best assurance of all.

Q & A – What are My Options for Final Disposition?

Q&A – What Are My Options for Final Disposition?

One of the most important decisions you will make when it comes time to plan a funeral for someone you love, or for yourself when preplanning, is choosing a final resting place – or final disposition option. For most Culpeper and Fredericksburg families, there are many preferences, cultural elements, and religious requirements that can go into such a decision, and the team at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels and Cremation Service can help you determine your options. To help you get started, here is a Q&A to guide you through some of the most common choices available.

Q. How do I choose among the many kinds of caskets available?

A. That decision is highly personal and may be determined by preference and/or by budget. A variety of woods and metals are used in the construction of caskets, and the choice of styles is practically limitless. Our funeral professionals can guide you through the many selections available.

Q. If I choose cremation, is a casket required?

A. That depends upon your wishes. Even when you choose cremation, you can still have a traditional viewing prior to cremation, and you would need a casket for that purpose. If you choose to not have a viewing, then a casket is not required.

Q. What is a burial vault or grave liner?

A. These are both containers into which the casket is placed. A burial vault is made of very sturdy materials – concrete, steel, copper, bronze, or fiberglass, for example. A grave liner is also very sturdy but is a more lightweight version of a burial vault. The purpose of each is to keep the grave surface from sinking.


Q. What are alternatives to grave burial?

A. A casket, or cremated remains in an urn, may be placed in a building called a mausoleum. Most mausoleums are large and provide crypts to hold casketed remains and niches to hold cremated remains in an urn. Both crypts and niches are sealed once the remains are placed inside. Urns are sometimes placed in a columbarium, which may be located in a mausoleum or chapel. A columbarium is composed of several small compartments designed specially to hold urns. We invite you to come to our selection room to see the options you have at Found and Sons.

Q. Are there other alternatives available to cremated remains?

A. Yes. Some people keep the remains in their home, in a special urn. Many cemeteries provide designated scattering gardens for ashes. If permitted by local regulations, you may scatter remains in a place that is meaningful to you – at sea, for example.
While your memorial options are many and vary, the team at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels and Cremation Services knows that there is one that is perfect for you or your loved one. Contact us today, and we will help you discover which one it is.

The Difference Family Ownership Makes

The Difference Family Ownership Makes


When it comes time to lay a loved one to rest, you want to be certain the funeral home you choose cares enough about you to do all it takes to understand what is important to your family. Some funeral service providers here in Culpeper and Fredericksburg are owned by large corporations far from home. When corporations move in, that personal service and attention to detail is often lost. When you choose a funeral home owned and operated by a family, you can trust that they will know how to treat you. And they will have the flexibility to do what it takes to meet your needs, without being tied up by any sort of corporate red tape.


Found and Sons Funeral Chapels & Cremation Service is local and has been owned by the same family for over three decades. Family is as important to us as it is to you.


Since we live and work among you, we understand your values and traditions, and know how to weave them into the farewell you would like to plan. Since Culpeper and Fredericksburg are a part of such a diverse community, we make it a priority to be able to represent all faiths and cultures.


At Found and Sons, family ownership means personal service. Our family will be a part of your tribute, whether in the service with you or behind the scenes, making sure everything is perfect – from coordinating timing, the many options we make available to you, to the music for the video tribute. We know it’s the little things that matter most.




Family ownership also means providing value. We don’t want you to worry about cost, so we make it possible to plan a service that fulfills your needs while respecting your budget. This is also why so many Culpeper and Fredericksburg families come to us to plan their own funerals. When you make your choices ahead of time, removed from the emotion of the moment, it’s much easier to avoid overspending.


For more information on planning a tribute for your loved one, or preplanning your own arrangements, contact us any time. Remember, when you choose Found and Sons Funeral Chapels & Cremation Service, you’re choosing caring, compassionate attention from one neighbor to another.