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About

Hardage-Giddens has a long and storied history in the Jacksonville community. We have nearly a century of experience in providing funeral, burial, cremation and cemetery services through what has grown to include a group of 11 funeral homes and five cemeteries in Duval and Clay counties. Though our business has expanded over time, our longstanding commitment to compassionate care, attention to detail and creative funeral solutions has always remained strong.

Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home and Chapel Hills Memory Gardens welcomes you with a professional staff and pledge to guide you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. We are here to serve you.

Personalized service

Chapel at Hardage - Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home and CemeteryHardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home is a contemporary funeral home that includes a chapel with flexible seating and a spacious reception area for gathering with friends and family. We believe a funeral or memorial should be as unique as the person it honors. In fact, we create personalized services that beautifully capture the essence of you or your loved one.

First, we help you find inspiration. Maybe it's in a song or a hobby. It could be a trademark style or a lifelong passion. Everyone has something that has influenced their life. We turn that inspiration into a truly unique service filled with thoughtful and meaningful details.

You may want a traditional funeral service in our chapel followed by a catered reception, or you may opt for direct cremation with a scattering in the Atlantic Ocean. Or perhaps the occasion calls for a no-holds-barred celebration, complete with live music, favorite foods, personal tributes and hand-selected mementos. Either way—or anywhere in between—you'll find that there's no limit to the special memorial we can create.

From guitars to golf, bagpipes to cupcakes, bird-shaped urns to blue marble monuments, we take the things that mattered to someone and string them together to create a singular, heartfelt service.

Cemetery

The adjacent Chapel Hills Memorial Gardens cemetery accommodates a variety of burial options, including in-ground burial, above-ground entombment and cremation niches.

Supporting veterans

We are honored to support U.S. military veterans through AMVETS Department of Florida and can provide veteran memorial services with full military honors for those who have served our country.

Care you can trust

We are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. When you choose Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home and Chapel Hills Memorial Gardens, you get not only the warm, friendly service you expect from a Jacksonville funeral home, but also the value you deserve. Please call Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home for immediate assistance planning a funeral or if you would like more information about our services.  

History

Front exterior at Chapel Hills Memory GardensThe history and tradition of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes began over 85 years ago and has touched thousands of Florida lives.

Hardage family legacy

In 1929, Hugh Hardage Sr. and Ralph Williams opened a mortuary at 517 Park Street in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. They called it Hardage and Williams Funeral Home. The company became Hardage and Sons when Ralph retired in 1944, and 4 of Hugh’s sons (Hugh Jr., Robert, Gordon and Richard) became partners in the family business. Hugh Sr. died in 1964, and his sons continued operations, even expanding by acquiring Estes-Krauss Funeral Home in 1971.

Giddens family legacy

Meanwhile in 1932, elsewhere in Jacksonville, T.J. Giddens and J.D. McEwen opened Giddens Funeral Home, at 85 Riverside Avenue. T.J. operated the firm, and J.D. was a silent partner until he sold his interest to T.J. only 3 years later. In 1941, T.J. moved the original funeral home to 116 Riverside Avenue.

Ronald Giddens joined his father as a partner in the funeral home in 1947. His first funeral home to open was on South 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach. It now operates as Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens on Beach Boulevard.

In 1960, William Griffith became a partner until his retirement in 1972. In 1970, Ronald opened Edgewood Chapel in the city's Murray Hill neighborhood.

Hardage and Giddens

The firms of Hardage and Sons and Giddens-Griffith merged in 1972, though they operated separately under their respective names. Each continue to expand throughout the City of Jacksonville. In the mid-1980s, the names merged.

Today, all of the funeral homes fall under the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes umbrella and are members of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, burial, cremation and cemetery service providers.

Ronald, along with his daughter Robin Giddens Sheppard remain active in the business, upholding a legacy of excellence and integrity in the community.

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At Dignity Memorial, we take our promises seriously. That’s why we offer a 100% service guarantee. We strive to get every detail right the first time, every time. If for some reason we don’t and you’re dissatisfied with any aspect of your service, we will remedy it quickly and fully. Learn about our Dignity Difference benefits.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"I was very pleased with everything the funeral home did. The staff was exceptionally nice and helped me a lot to get through this difficult time."

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September 2020

"The staff was awesome and made our horrible experience of my mother passing a little better with the services provided. They offered so many things to remember her and that was great. Thank you."

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August 2020

"Thank you all so much for making this simple. I told you what i wanted and u delivered. You all were amazing no pressure no selling me extra stuff that i didn't need. Specially at a time when i needed comforting words. You all were so kind and caring. Jon A. was amazing."

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May 2020

"Would not hesitate to use them again. They offer so many things but it never seemed like they were trying to sell something"

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March 2020

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