With breathtaking views of San Diego Harbor, Mount Miguel, Coronado Bay Bridge, Point Loma and downtown San Diego, Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary in Bonita, California, is a stunning place for honoring loved ones.
Glen Abbey Memorial Park has been a peaceful final resting place for South San Diego County residents since 1924. The 100-acre cemetery was designed by Kate Sessions, the landscape architect behind Balboa Park. With mature trees, serene lakes and carefully planned gardens, Glen Abbey provides a tranquil setting for reflection and remembrance.
Located on the grounds of the cemetery, Glen Abbey Mortuary is a full-service, state-of-the-art funeral home that provides cremations and funerals, as well as event spaces for services of all types and sizes.
Working together, these sister locations allow families to conveniently take care of all their funeral, cremation and burial arrangements.
- Catered Receptions
- Funeral Celebrants
- Event Space
- Multicultural Funerals
- Cremation Memorials
- Customized Memorials
- Double-Depth Companion Plots
- Flat Markers
- Private Family Estates
- Private Mausoleums
- Scattering Garden for Cremation
- Upright Headstones
- Veterans Cemetery Section
- Water Feature
Funeral chapels to suit every family
Glen Abbey has three non-denominational chapels and an outdoor pavilion for, and . Each is special in its own way.
The Little Chapel of the Roses is an iconic structure built in 1925. The replica of Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson's chapel in Somersby, England, sits on a hill in the center of the cemetery. It seats approximately 90 guests and features stained-glass windows, amber skylights and an indoor garden. A stained-glass artwork at the back of the chapel depicts "The Resurrection." A circular stained-glass window positioned over the altar illustrates a verse of Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar." The space is so unique and beautiful that couples even choose it as a wedding venue!
Glen Abbey Memorial Chapel is in the main building on the east side of the cemetery. Spanish-style candelabra illuminate the vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams and paneling. Ample natural light streams in during daytime services and provides a beautiful warmth to the space; light blue brick walls set off dark wood pews. This chapel seats about 150 guests.
The Little Lodge is located by the west entrance of the cemetery and accommodates about 100. This space has an outdoor patio.
For those desiring a more natural and contemporary setting, the Bonita Vista Pavilion is a lovely outdoor space for evening services.
Affordable cremation services
We believe aor should be about memories, not high prices. Making final arrangements is stressful enough without worrying about high costs.
Cremation is important in certain religions and cultures, but regardless of cultural or religious affiliations, more and more families are choosing cremation over other options. Glen Abbey partners with an off-site crematorium and provides several options for cremation services.
Some families choose direct cremation without a service of any kind. Some families opt for aservice with the body present, followed by cremation. Still others have a loved one cremated and then hold a celebration of life at the funeral home, cemetery or a location especially meaningful to the person being remembered.
If you’re planning ahead, Glen Abbey Memorial Park offers affordable cremation services that don't compromise quality or personal touches.for cremation.
Celebrating life like no other
Each person’s life is special, and a unique life deserves a unique celebration. Our funeral directors specialize in creating one-of-a-kind tributes that celebrate a person’s passions, interests and individuality. You name it—dove release, putting green in the chapel, antique cars in the parking lot, customized T-shirts, beach-themed cupcakes, Mardi Gras parade, mariachi band—and we can probably do it.
We are members of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers, offering compassionate care, personalized service and premier benefits and amenities. You can count on us to serve you with the utmost respect, integrity and dignity.
Please call us for any reason. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Glen Abbey Memorial Park cemetery
Far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego, Glen Abbey Memorial Park is a tranquil sanctuary. One hundred acres of meticulously manicured gardens, calming fountains and elegant sculptures create a serene refuge for reflection and remembrance.
To add to its park-like setting, shade-providing trees surround the lovely Lake of Dreams, which is home to geese, turtles and koi fish. Thirty-four acres of the property are a dedicated bird sanctuary. In a word, Glen Abbey Memorial Park is beautiful.
Traditional and cremation burial choices
The many manicured gardens at Glen Abbey Memorial Park are private and peaceful. A walk down one of our winding paths reveals a range of burial, entombment and cremation memorialization options.
Cemetery property choices include traditional ground burial with flat markers, entombment or niche placement in one of three mausoleums, custom-built private and semiprivate estates, columbaria, cremation benches and scattering gardens, including the Nature Garden.
For art lovers, Mausoleum of Impressions is a truly special resting spot. Situated near the Lake of Dreams, the outdoor mausoleum complex stands apart for its impressionist-style art on some of the granite crypts. With depictions of ponds and lily pads, the scenes are reminiscent of Monet’s “Water Lilies” series.
Prepared for the future
Since the cemetery grounds sit on a mesa, we have stunning views of San Diego and the surrounding areas. When we take in the miles and miles of picturesque scenery, it reminds us that our cemetery is the final resting place for many generations of families who once enjoyed these views too. With plenty of land still left for development, we stand ready to serve many more generations of California families.
Honoring veterans, the military and public servants
The San Diego area has a large military presence. Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary supports military members, veterans and their families. The funeral home is well-versed in arrangingfor eligible veterans and military members and works with all branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Every veteran deserves a proper and dignified burial, no matter his or her financial circumstances. As a participant in the Dignity Memorial, Glen Abbey provides free cremation services, funeral services and burial services to homeless and indigent veterans without family.
Glen Abbey also recognizes the courageous and selfless men and women who serve as law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel. Through the Dignity Memorial Public Servants Program, the funeral home offers dignified and honorable cremation services, funeral services and burial services, at no cost, for career and volunteer public servants who fall in the line of duty.
We cherish the community we serve and invite you to join us for our upcoming events.
Food Drive for San Diego Food Bank
August 1st - 22nd
We're teaming up with the San Diego Food Bank to support people in need. Please help us by donating and dropping off the following items at our mortuary:
Jose Montano Foundation 5k
8:00 - 11:00am
You're invited to participate in our charitable 5k fundraiser. Register at www.josemontanofoundation.org or on the day of the event from 7:00 - 8:00am.
Free Movie in the Park - Coco
7:00 - 9:30pm
Bring the whole family and your low-to-the-ground lawn chairs and blankets for a movie night under the stars. Popcorn and candy will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the local high school.