Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens are sister locations that have provided compassionate care to the Rockford area since 1952. The funeral home and cemetery are always here to help your family when you need us. Working together, Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens are dedicated to providing quality, affordable funeral, cremation and cemetery services to this tight-knit community.
Flexible event space
Facility is available to host your personal events
Celebration of Life center
Facility is designed for personalized funeral celebrations
- Veterans cemetery section
- Recently renovated
Flexible chapel space
Our chapel can be used for hosting your religious events
- Beautiful views
- Multiple chapels
- Large capacity chapel up to 250
- Cemetery spaces available
- Custom headstones and markers
- Piano/organ on site
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 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.
- Audio and video equipment
- Popular music selections
Space available for corporate and organization meetings
- Cemetery flower delivery
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Incense burning
- Kosher catering
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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Your Rockford funeral home
Our remodeled funeral home reflects a modern design aesthetic. You will appreciate the warm colors and comfortable seating, from the inviting leather couches throughout the space to the padded chairs in the renovated chapel.
In that chapel, gleaming wood floors and exposed ceiling beams complement the beauty of stained-glass windows that depict soothing nature scenes. The chapel seats 150; an overflow room holds another 30 or 40 people. A reception area seats up to 45, but if your group is larger, we can convert the chapel to seat a whole lot more.
Whether you're thinking about a breakfast buffet or a sandwich lunch, an ice cream social or a pasta dinner, our catering service can handle most any request. From food prep to waitstaff to boxing leftovers, our boundless hospitality removes some of the stress that comes with losing a loved one.
Specializing in personalized services
Because Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens are adjoining properties, you can stay right on the grounds to handle all of your funeral, cremation and cemetery arrangements—which lets you spend more time with your family and focus on remembering your loved one.
At Sunset Funeral Home, we believe that a unique personality calls for a unique memorial. Let us take care of everything, from writing an obituary, to creatively decorating a space, to helping with printed programs. We can even hire a band, bring in a petting zoo, yarn-bomb a section of the cemetery or have favors embossed with your loved one's name.
The caring teams at Sunset
The teams at Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens consider themselves to be a family, and they aim to treat you like they would their own. Everyone who works here possesses a deep desire to serve you with patience and compassion. We’re certain that's what brings people back, whether in response to an immediate need or just to start a discussion about planning ahead.
Because we want to offer the best value for the highest quality of service, we’ve designed 3 inclusive funeral packages based for various budgets. These packages (Tribute, Honor and Heritage) include all aspects of a funeral service, such as casket and/or vault, flowers, memorial registry and catering, as well as the option of our taking your photos and videos to create a multimedia tribute that will be remembered long after the service is over.
We Honor Veterans
At Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As Level Four Founding Community Partners with We Honor Veterans, we are honored to serve our nation’s heroes and take this responsibility seriously. We have taken steps to ensure our staff is knowledgeable of all the benefits available to military veterans and their families.
In addition, we host community events annually in honor of our veterans and work closely with local veterans organizations. 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.
Lean on us
Let Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens guide you to make thoughtful decisions. Whether you need help planning a funeral or purchasing cemetery property right away or want to plan ahead, we are here for you. Just call us.
Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery
Sunset Memorial Gardens comprises 54 acres of meticulously manicured grounds in picturesque Winnebago County. With mature trees and many special sections, it is a peaceful final resting place.
Sprawling emerald-green lawns host many varieties of maple, ash and oak trees, which provide a stunning color show each fall. Flat markers help preserve the park-like feeling of the cemetery property.
Burial and interment options
The cemetery offers in-ground burial, private estates, 2 chapel mausoleums and cremation gardens. Mausoleums are clad in modern, neutral marble. They are appointed with couches and chairs for visitors who want to linger and reflect on their loved ones' lives. The cremation garden has bench estates, cremation niches and places for personalized memorials. In 2017, we added columbaria to the veterans garden.
Photos tell a story, but we invite you to see Sunset Memorial Gardens for yourself. Please call us to set up a guided tour or you are welcome to show yourself around anytime.
Remembering the people we love
We realize that the 1st holiday season after a loved one’s passing can be a difficult time, and we want to be there for you. Each December, the teams at Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens host a service designed to honor and remember those lost during the year. Many families attend to gain a sense of comfort and healing by being with others who are going through a similar experience. We serve light refreshments and offer flowers to those who wish to decorate their loved ones' memorials during this time of healing and fellowship. Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens are sister locations that have provided compassionate care to the Rockford area since 1952. The funeral home and cemetery are always here to help your family when you need us.
Herb Johnson established Sunset Memorial Gardens in 1952. The cemetery has been an integral part of Machesney Park and greater Rockford area ever since. In 1991, Sunset Funeral Home was built on the cemetery grounds to provide convenience for grieving families. Later in the '90s, The Chapel of Love was added to the memorial park grounds.
"I feel that the staff was genuine, understanding and professional prior, during and after service provided."
"Very caring and helpful staff"
"From the initial phone call following my husband's death to the day of the service, the staff was patient, compassionate and caring. I couldn't have asked for a better experience."
Verified Burial Customer
"Every aspect of the funeral was seen to with the utmost respect and compassion."
Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer
"The reason this funeral home was chosen was because they were able to honor a funeral insurance policy executed in another state. Otherwise i would have chosen a more convenient location."
Verified Cremation Customer