Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park are sister locations devoted to compassionate care and celebrating life. The funeral home and crematory opened on the cemetery property in 2006, adding vital convenience and simplicity when planning final arrangements.
The non-denominational funeral home and crematory serves people of all cultures, religions and backgrounds. The cemetery is a beautiful final resting place.
Flexible event space
Facility is available to host your personal events
- Large capacity chapel
Celebration of Life center
Facility is designed for personalized funeral celebrations
- Recently renovated
Flexible chapel space
Our chapel can be used for hosting your religious events
- Multiple chapels
- Cemetery spaces available
- Custom headstones and markers
Family Estates are a distinguished tribute to a family legacy. They can be customized with stained glass, benches and landscaping
Grave markers that sit flush to the ground in the material of preference
- Upright headstones
Private or Community spaces for urns as well as caskets, that can be Indoor or outdoor
- Coffee lounge
- Onsite cemetery
Option for mail delivery of ashes
Sent through postal mail service, signature required.
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Cremation viewing suite
- Cremation cemetery options
- Cremation niches
- Option for home delivery of ashes
- Cremation gardens
Arrangements by phone or email
Complete funeral planning, including electronic signature, without needing a funeral home visit
- Catered events
- Large reception area
Services available to support planning events
Tribute video production
Services available to create a tribute video for the service or obituary from photos and videos.
- Live music available
- Multicultural funerals
Free Funeral Planning Resources
Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.
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Personalized funeral services
Woodlawn Funeral Home is 12,000 square feet in size and has 3 chapels. The largest chapel holds about 100 people, while the smallest holds roughly 50. Each chapel has a hospitality room with a kitchen for a catered reception before or after a service.
We believe unique lives deserve unique celebrations. Our experienced staff knows just how to create your vision or bring your loved one's final wishes to reality. We offer everything from a traditional funeral to a modern celebration of life.
Personal touches can be small—photo displays and speeches by friends are common—or more elaborate. We could hang a cross behind the casket, have a kayak at the front door, give out cotton candy at the end of the service or wear the jerseys of a person's favorite sports team. And if it's a grand celebration of life that you're looking for—a modern gathering with themed decor, live music, favorite food and drinks, and a send-off that reflects the personality and passions of yourself or your loved one—that's our speciality.
All we need is a little inspiration and we handle all the details from there. Let's imagine something special together.
Not everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in cremation, the funeral home team can explain the process and the different memorial and burial options. From a direct cremation without a memorial service to a full funeral service before or after the cremation and more, we help you understand this increasingly common choice.
For people who choose the time-honored tradition of cremation, our full-service funeral home has a private crematory on the property. This gives Woodlawn Funeral Home complete control of a cremation from start to finish and means your loved one never leaves our care. If desired, cremated remains may be buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Your friend and neighbor
West of Chicago, in Forest Park, Woodlawn Funeral Home and Woodlawn Memorial Park are located at the corner of West Cermak Road and Des Plaines Avenue, in the North Riverside neighborhood. Our locations can be easily reached via Interstate 290, Illinois Route 43 and U.S. Route 45.
Woodlawn Funeral Home and Woodlawn Memorial Park are part of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. We are always here for you when you need us.
Woodlawn Memorial Park cemetery
Spread over 100 acres, Woodlawn Memorial Park features rolling green lawns and beautiful monuments. The first burial took place here in 1912. Today, the cemetery offers a variety of in-ground and above-ground burial options, including 2 large community mausoleums, one of which, the Des Plaines Mausoleum, holds 75 people for committal services. Our cremation choices include ground burial and mausoleum niches.
We honor veterans
At Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 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.
At the entrance to the cemetery sit several military pillars. These pillars represent all branches of the military and are engraved with the names of the many veterans we have served over the years.
One of the more famous areas of the cemetery property is Showmen’s Rest, a 750-plot section reserved mostly for circus performers. In 1918, the Showman’s League of America designated a portion of Woodlawn Memorial Park as the final resting place for approximately 60 members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, who were killed in a train wreck. Five statues of elephants with lowered trunks surround the area (although no elephants are buried at the cemetery). To this day, many circus performers still choose to be buried at Showman’s Rest at Woodlawn.
Photos convey a lot, but we invite you to come see the cemetery for yourself. Please visit anytime or call to set up a guided tour. We are happy to show you around. For Mausoleum hours please call 708-442-8500.
The teams at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Woodlawn Funeral Home take pride in serving families not only in their time of need, but throughout the year. We host a variety of events for Forest Park and the surrounding communities, including an Easter egg hunt, Mother’s Day weekend activities, Memorial Day services, a 9/11 tribute for first responders and a holiday service with luminary lighting.
"My wife was cremated. No wake or funeral service as per my wife's wishes. But, both in 2010, when my wife arranged for this, and in 2020, when she died, the staff was very helpful, informative and )..."See More
Verified Cremation Customer
"Woodlawn Funeral home staff treated our family with so much respect and had so much empathy. They also helped us fulfill every thing our family wished to have done at our fathers funeral."
"Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the answers to your questions when someone you love has passed. They take their time explaining the steps needed from the very beginning. They are there for)..."See More
Verified Cremation Customer
"Wonderful, kind, understanding people during this time"
Verified Burial Customer
"Woodlawn provide excellent service The staff was very kind They never pressure you at all"
Verified Cremation & Memorial Service Customer