About Us

One Saturday morning in 1993, at her house in Springfield, Virginia, Melanie Wilhelm Dunaway, Advent’s founder and Director, developed the mission of Advent. Melanie picked the name “Advent” from the dictionary — it means new beginning.

Melanie, the third generation of the Wilhelm family to serve in the funeral business, sold her house and used the money to open Advent’s first facility in Annapolis, Maryland. Two years later, another location was opened in Falls Church, Virginia. In 2013, we opened the doors to our location in Lanham, Maryland.

At Advent, we believe that the more you know, the better for you and the better for us. Our philosophy is simple – It’s about your needs. Not ours.

We concentrate on the simpler, more individualized services preferred today — whether they be cremation or burial. And because we are good at what we do, we can provide a personal level of attention, a responsive level of assistance, and a wide range of price options.

We offer you facts, truth and honest advice in a straight-forward, no-pressure way. We hope that if you have a need for funeral or cremation services, you will consider Advent.

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