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With the Santa Catalina Mountains as a spectacular backdrop, East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery have served Tucson families for decades.

The cemetery was established in 1948 and is a surprisingly verdant spot in the Arizona desert. The gardens are wonderfully manicured, with many traditional and cremation burial options.

The funeral home opened in 1980, and through the years we've continually remodeled. With a modern feel, spacious nondenominational chapel with lots of natural light and reception room, it's truly inviting.

The funeral home is on the cemetery grounds, allowing you to conveniently take care of all your funeral, cremation and burial needs at one convenient location.

Our renovated Tucson funeral home

Main lobby at East Lawn Palms Mortuary & CemeteryOur unique entrance is often the first thing visitors notice about East Lawn Palm Mortuary. The hand-carved-wood double door is quintessentially Tucson—and the gateway to our state-of-the-art facility.

Remodeled in 2016 with today's families in mind, it's bright, airy and comfortable for both small gatherings and large celebrations. With on-site catering services, we can host a formal sit-down dinner, breakfast buffet or passed hors d’oeuvres. Time with family and friends can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.

A venue with a view

Chapel at East Lawn Palms Mortuary & CemeteryOur celebration of life venue is classic and unadorned. The floor-to-ceiling window at the front of the chapel connects you with nature and lets natural light stream in. The vaulted ceiling adds to the bright, airy effect, creating a feeling of being outside while you still have the comfort of air conditioning and conveniences of the indoors.

Flexible seating accommodates any size group. A room just off the front of the chapel gives family members privacy. New audio/visual equipment can display a memorial slideshow or video of a loved one during a service. Great acoustics complement the extensive music selection.

Let's celebrate life

Standard reception room at East Lawn Palms Mortuary & CemeteryHow will you honor your loved one’s legacy? At East Lawn Palms in Tucson, we are experts at creating unique and memorable tributes that celebrate a person’s passions and personality.

For instance, if he was a skilled equestrian, we could have a procession with horses and give guests personalized horseshoes as keepsakes. Did she spend her winters on the slopes? We could transform our chapel into a winter wonderland and serve après-ski treats like hot chocolate, spiced apple cider and cheese fondue.

We can find inspiration almost anywhere. Just leave the details—no matter how big or small—to our imaginative team.

Tucson cremation services

There are many options for cremation in Tucson—and they're not all equal. We specialize in cremation services that honor loved ones in personalized ways, and families love our all-inclusive pricing. With facilities for outdoor services, expertise in scattering ashes and a friendly team who pays attention to every detail, we provide service that is second to none.

More and more people are choosing cremation over traditional burial, but most aren’t familiar with the many options:

  • a cremation without a funeral or memorial service of any kind.
  • a funeral with your loved one present, followed by cremation.
  • a cremation followed by a scattering, cemetery memorialization or celebration of life—or all three.

If you're interested in cemetery placement, East Lawn Palms Cemetery is among the prettiest in the area and has several cremation options.

And for those who wish for something more momentous, Neptune Memorial Reef is an underwater cremation garden off the coast of Florida. A Celestis Memorial Spaceflight takes ashes into space for a little while or forever.

Learn about our cremation services.

WHV 2020 - Level 3We Honor Veterans

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 veterans burial benefits. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through creating a veteran's memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Learn how we can help plan a veteran's memorial service.

Prepaid funerals and cremations

In addition to assisting with an immediate need, we specialize in working with families to make final arrangements in advance. We recognize that funeral arrangements and associated expenses can be overwhelming. When you plan ahead, you provide a sense of relief and comfort to your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are met. We offer in-person and virtual consultations, as well as a free Personal Planning Guide to help you get started.

Find out everything you need to know about planning ahead.

We embrace diversity

Tucson has a diverse population, and East Lawn Palms Mortuary serves families of all faiths, backgrounds and religions. Our team is familiar with many different funeral customs and rites and is committed to honoring every family’s traditions.

All are welcome at East Lawn Palms. As a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers, we offer unparalleled amenities as well as compassionate care and personalized service you can trust. Reach out anytime. We'll be there for you.

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East Lawn Palms Cemetery

The 52-acre East Lawn Palms Cemetery is a lovely green oasis in the desert city of Tucson. Visitors are surprised by the lush setting against the gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Queen palms, eucalyptus trees, pines and live oaks provide shade on hot days, while blooming flowers provide color to the landscape.

With meticulously manicured gardens, calming water features, elegant statues and incredible views, East Lawn Palms is a beautiful final resting place.

Burial options for every family

A walk down one of our winding paths showcases a range of interment and inurnment options: traditional ground burial with flat or upright markers, crypts and niches in two outdoor mausoleum complexes, custom-built private and semiprivate estates, and a range of choices for cremation memorialization. Distinct gardens are dedicated to veterans or those of particular faiths, such as Catholicism, Judaism and Islam.

Of course, any individual, no matter their background, religion or culture can be buried at East Lawn Palms.

A unique cremation garden

Cremation garden at East Lawn Palms CemeteryMore and more families are choosing cremation, and East Lawn Palms Cemetery has many cremation memorialization choices.

Among the most popular is Nature Garden West, a modern cremation garden with a brick fountain. Options in this garden include columbaria, memorial benches, niches and granite markers. It's a one-of-a-kind final resting place.

Read about cremation cemetery property.

Come visit us

We invite you to stop by at any time to meet our friendly staff and take a guided tour of our beautiful cemetery grounds. We would be happy to show you around.

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Annual events for the Tucson community

The team at East Lawn Palm Mortuary & Cemetery understands that serving the community doesn’t end after a funeral or cemetery service. We host several events throughout the year.

Each May, East Lawn Palm Mortuary hosts a Memorial Day service dedicated to veterans and military families. Held in the Garden of Honor, the event remembers those who have given their lives in service to our country. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 4903 help us host this popular event. American flags are placed throughout our cemetery on the graves of servicemen and servicewomen by local Boy Scouts troops. This creates a stirring backdrop to the day’s celebrations. Attendees are treated to a barbecue lunch.

In December, East Lawn Palm hosts a Night of Remembrance for families who have lost loved ones in the past year. All are invited to attend this moving event. Guests can hang ornaments with the names and photos of loved ones lost on a tree and light candles in their honor. Community leaders from many religious groups are present at this annual event.

Erik Hite Foundation Honors Fallen Public Servants

In 2008, Tucson police officer Erik Hite died from a gunshot wound sustained in the line of duty. The Erik Hite Foundation was established to provide a child care center and family outreach programs that offer safe and positive environments for those employed by law enforcement and emergency services and their families.

Erik is buried at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Each fall, we join the Erik Hite Foundation to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have been called into public service. This annual event hosts other community organizations, food vendors and a raffle.

History

Mausoleum Chapel at East Lawn Palms CemeteryEstablished in 1948, East Lawn Palms Cemetery was originally called Grantwood Memorial Park. Notable Arizonans Ashby Lohse and Sam Goddard played an integral part in the growth and development of the cemetery.

The original funeral home at East Lawn Palms Cemetery was founded in the early 1960s. In 1979, East Lawn Palms Mortuary and East Lawn Palms Cemetery joined the Dignity Memorial family, and a new funeral home was built on the grounds of the cemetery to provide additional services and convenience for area families.

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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 having such a hard time burying my wife of 38 yrs staff was very helpful."

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September 2021

"East Lawn helped my family when my Father passed away over 3 years ago. That experience made my choice of who to use for my son easier. The care and comfort towards my family made it easier during a very difficult time."

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September 2021

"Morgan and her team, Pete and Tammy were fantastic. I only received positive comments about the service. In fact several people said that is the kind of 'celebration of life service' I want to have. Thanks again for making that part of our day magnificent."

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September 2021

"East Lawn took care of my father after his passing 3 years ago. It was from that experience that I knew they were going to take care of my family when my 21 year old son passed. The compassion and patience that Elise Jacobs and Butch Washington, and the entire staff provided to us made an extremely difficult process as comfortable as possible. Communication was excellent."

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