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About

The Hardage-Giddens brand has a long history in the Jacksonville community. For nearly a century, we have provided funeralcremation  and burial services through what has grown to be a group of 11 funeral homes and 5 cemeteries in Florida's Duval and Clay counties.

Dedicated funeral care

Though times have changed and our business has expanded, our commitment to compassionate care, attention to detail and creative funeral solutions has always remained strong. The Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood welcomes you with a professional team and a pledge to guide you through one of the more personal and challenging stages of life. We understand that losing a loved one is a difficult, emotional experience, and we are here for you.

Personalized funeral arrangements

Sitting area at Hardage-Giddens Funeral HomeHardage-Giddens believes a funeral or memorial should be as unique as the person it honors. In fact, we take great pride in creating perfectly 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 informed 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.

We honor veterans

At Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level One 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.

Exceeding expectations

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

History

The history and tradition of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes goes back nearly 90 years and has touched thousands of Florida lives.

The Hardage side of things

In 1929, Hugh Hardage Sr. and Ralph Williams opened a mortuary at 517 Park St., in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. They called it Hardage & Williams Funeral Home. The company became Hardage & 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 gets its start

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

Ronald Giddens joined his father as a partner in the funeral home in 1947. His first funeral home to open was on S. 3rd St. 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 join forces

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

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

Ronald, along with his daughter, Robin Giddens Sheppard, remains active in the business, upholding a legacy of excellence and integrity in the community, along with a team of nearly 200 employees at 11 funeral homes and 5 cemeteries in Florida's Duval and Clay counties.

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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.

"The professionalism and compassion that Rebecca and Angel showed eased the whole process; this being the first immediate family member who had passed we felt taken care of as they walked us all through this unknown experience."

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer

April 2020

"I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH YOUR STAFF. I ALREADY BOUGHT MY FUNERAL PRE ARRANGEMENT ON FEBRUARY 26 2019. BURIAL WILL BE IN KENTUCKY ARRANGED ALREADY MADE."

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer

March 2019

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