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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel and Oaklawn Cemetery are a premier funeral home and cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. As a nondenominational funeral home and cemetery, we have for nearly a century worked with people of all backgrounds, incorporating cultural or religious traditions in a respectful, thoughtful way. We have transformed the way that families honor and remember their loved ones through Life Well Celebrated ® funerals and memorials. For us, there is no greater responsibility than helping tell the story of a life.

A caring Jacksonville funeral home

At Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, we believe that a unique life should be celebrated in a unique way. Creating a meaningful tribute for a loved one begins with understanding a person and his or her passions. Let's start with a story. From there we work to personalize a memorial that truly captures the essence of your loved one. We find inspiration almost anywhere—in a favorite song, beloved hobby, trademark style, defining philosophy—and turn that into a funeral service filled with thoughtful and meaningful details.

Chapel at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn ChapelHardage-Giddens Oaklawn has 2 chapels. The larger one, Taylor, seats 110 people and typically has a conversational setup with tables and chairs, but it can be set up with rows of chairs for a more formal service. Saint John's is a smaller chapel and comfortably holds 70 people when set up with chairs and comfortable furniture. If you want to host a catered gathering before or after a service, we are happy to arrange food and drinks.

Legacy Lodge Event Center

New in 2019, the Legacy Lodge is a 6,000-square-foot event space overlooking the beautiful and historic Oaklawn Cemetery. The well-designed space is ideal for large celebratory memorials with flowers, music, and favorite foods and beverages—but it was meant for so much more. A free-standing building on the north side of the cemetery property, it’s perfect for birthday and anniversary parties, engagement parties and wedding receptions, bridal and baby showers, graduations and fundraisers, christenings and communions, bar and bat mitzvahs. We also lease the space for dances, holiday parties, club lunches, social gatherings, and meetings. With a catering kitchen and seating for 180-250 (depending on type of event), there’s everything you need for a beautiful occasion. We can handle catering if you wish (including special menu requests). Plus, when you lease the space, AV and sound equipment are included. So are the tables and chairs, the staff, and free parking.

Lean on us

Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn is located on San Jose Boulevard in the heart of Jacksonville, Florida. We are easily accessible via I-95 and Route 1. For those traveling by air, we are a short drive from the Jacksonville International Airport.

Please contact us if you need help right away or want additional information about our funeral and cremation services. We are always here for you.

Oaklawn Cemetery

Chartered in 1927, Jacksonville's Oaklawn Cemetery sprawls 100 acres. Its grounds have been chosen as a final resting place for a number of civil leaders, elected officials and notable members of Jacksonville society.

Here you will find century-old, moss-covered oak trees, which provide an abundance of shade and quiet, calm spaces to reflect and remember loved ones, and a beautiful bell tower that chimes throughout the day. We also have a fountain that has been a part of the cemetery grounds since the 1930s.

Mausoleums and more

Mausoleum at Oaklawn CemeteryOne of the more unique features of Oaklawn Cemetery are the 30 private mausoleums built by families over the years. We recently added two additional private mausoleums in a historic section of the cemetery for purchase, and we will always build to suit. The large community mausoleum, Lenora Mausoleum, has alcoves for small, family-only services.

The cremation garden gives families who choose cremation 30 options, including carved pedestals. This garden includes a gazebo, which is often used for committal services.

In addition to mausoleum and cremation options, Oaklawn Cemetery offers in-ground burial gardens with upright memorials, flat memorials and more. A master-planned garden built in concentric circles offers all of the various burial and memorial options in the same area, including a cremation garden, ground burials and family estates. The newest areas of the cemetery—the Garden of Abraham and San Marco Estates—include private estates, upright monuments, flat bronze markers and cremation burials.

Garden of Abraham is a Hebrew garden. The cemetery also includes another small garden dedicated to those of the Jewish faith.

Visit the memorial park

Oaklawn Cemetery includes 40 undeveloped acres, which means that we have room for many generations ahead. If you would like a guided tour of our cemetery property, please call us—and you are welcome to visit anytime.

We honor veterans

Cemetery grounds at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn ChapelThe teams at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel and Oaklawn Cemetery are well-versed in military funerals with honors and work with all branches of the military to uphold traditions. We participate in the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, a cooperative effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local medical examiners, coroners, veterans advocates and veterans organizations that provides homeless and indigent veterans who have no family with proper military burials. We also work closely with the Missing in America program, which unites the cremated remains of veterans with family members and provides burial free of charge.

We care for Jacksonville

Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel and Oaklawn Cemetery host annual events for Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day, as well as periodic events at the funeral home or cemetery. We are the title sponsor for the River Garden Classic, a Jacksonville golf tournament that benefits River Garden nursing home by raising money for its Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric Training Center.

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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 truly appreciate all the time and patience that was given to me to arrange for my late husband's service."

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September 2020

"In our preplanning appointment - Phyllis was amazing. She explained all the details and went above and beyond in helping us select the details that we wanted. The marker that we wanted was not available in the present book BUT she researched what my Mother had and was able to match it for me. I really appreciated the EXTRA kindness and care that she gave us. Her professional and compassionate manner was greatly appreciated. Danny was equally kind and provided great care to accomplish our wishes."

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August 2020

"The care and concern that those who work with Hardage-Giddens offer, at such a time in ones life is truly heart felt. I know personally, this is a time when those of the living are experiencing heart breaking moments of grief. The Hardage-Giddens team, makes the process of the final care of a loved one, easy, and smooth. In addition, they provide information for how to handle the things that become necessary weeks after your loved one has transitioned. And they offer grief counseling as a part of their services. Dignity Memorial through the Hardage-Giddens Family has made the process of dealing with death as easy as can possibly be expected."

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August 2020

"When mom passed in April 2020 (natural causes), it was right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic so we had to split her funeral into two phases: immediate graveside service at The Gazebo and three months later in July could have a larger celebration of life for her at the Legacy Lodge. Throughout these arrangements, each staff member was extremely professional."

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July 2020

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    Ivy L Mackay

    Funeral Director
  • Jody Brandenburg

    Jody A Brandenburg

    President
  • Robin Gidden Sheppard

    Robin Giddens Sheppard

    Funeral Director
  • Jacksonville Funeral Home Manager -  Hardage-Giddens, Riverside Memorial Park & Funeral Home

    Robert Earl Moore

    General Manager
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