Hardage-Giddens funeral homes have a long and storied history in the Jacksonville community. We're going on a century of providing funeral, burial, cremation and cemetery services through what has grown to be a group of 11 funeral homes and 5 cemeteries in Florida's Duval and Clay counties.
Flexible event space
Facility is available to host your personal events
- Large capacity chapel
Celebration of Life center
Facility is designed for personalized funeral celebrations
- Recently renovated
Flexible chapel space
Our chapel can be used for hosting your religious events
- Multiple chapels
- Piano/Organ on site
- Coffee lounge
- Catered events
- Large reception area
Services available to support planning events
Arrangements by phone and email
complete funeral planning without needing a funeral home visit
Tribute video production
Services available to create a tribute video for the service or obituary from photos and videos.
- Audio and video equipment
- Live music available
- Popular music selections
- Intimate reception area
space available for corporate and organization meetings
- Black car service
- Police escort available
- Cemetery flower delivery
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Latin music selections
- Shomer available
- Tahara room
- Ritual washing
- Kosher catering
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Cremation viewing suite
- Option for home delivery of ashes
- Option for mail delivery of ashes
- Scattering assistance
We want you to feel confident planning a funeral for yourself or a loved one. Here are some of the unique benefits we offer to help relieve your family of emotional and financial burdens.
National plan transferability
Personal Planning Guide
Free online obituary
Experts in honoring veterans
Away from home protection
Celebration of life
Compassion help line
100% Dignity Service Guarantee
Dedicated service to our families
Though times have changed and our services have 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 Mandarin neighborhood welcomes you with a professional staff 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.
Our San Jose Boulevard funeral home is a well-appointed, contemporary facility with plenty of space for gathering with friends and family, including a large reception area.
A life well celebrated
Hardage-Giddens believes a funeral or memorial should be as unique as the person it honors. In fact, we design 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 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 followed coffee and tea, 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 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.
Everything you expect and more
We are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. When you choose a Dignity Memorial provider, you get not only the warm, friendly service you expect from a locally operated funeral home, but also the value you deserve.
Please call Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home for immediate assistance planning a funeral or if you would like more information about our services.
The history and tradition of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes begins over 90 years ago and has touched thousands and thousands of Florida lives.
The Hardage side of things
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 gets its start
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; J.D. was a silent partner and then sold his interest to T.J. just 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 1st funeral home 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 + 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.
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, remain active in the business, upholding a legacy of excellence and integrity in the community, along with a staff of nearly 200 employees at 11 funeral homes and 5 cemeteries in Florida's Duval and Clay counties.
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