The Best Funeral Homes in Marin

When it’s time to lay a loved one to rest, these funeral homes are professional, experienced, and supportive through every step of the process. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Fernwood Cemetery (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Funeral Home picks see below.

Our 2023 Services category sponsor is Hadley General Contractor Inc.

We’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.

Southern | Central | Northern

Southern Marin

Fernwood Cemetery

Mill Valley

Fernwood Funeral Home, crematory, and cemetery is one of the country’s first environmentally conscious cemeteries. The property is located on a National Wildlife Federation Habitat where the natural rolling hills of the grounds make a picturesque backdrop. Offering natural burial, green burial, traditional burial, cremation services, and the nation’s first green Jewish cemetery, Gan Yarok, the compassionate and experienced staff are here to help plan the best service for a loved one.

301 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, 415.619.6127

Central Marin

Monte’s Chapel of the Hills

San Anselmo

The Monte family started the Chapel of the Hills in 1932 in San Anselmo. They moved to their current location in 1937 – and work to this day with the same goal, “be a good neighbor to the residence of Marin County.” They offer cremation, traditional funerals, memorial services, and more conducted by staff at their facility. 

330 Red Hill Ave, San Anselmo, 415.453.8440

Keaton’s Mortuary

San Rafael

Providing funeral and cremation services for Marin since 1920, Keaton’s Mortuary is experienced in helping families create personalized funerals and memorials for loved ones. Services include cremation arrangements and funeral planning and location. 

1022 E St, San Rafael, 415.453.0571

Northern Marin

Valley Memorial


Settled in a peaceful corner of Novato, Valley Memorial Park offers cemetery services, funeral home services, on-site cremations, and a reception event center. Their latest Garden of Tranquility is their newest Green Burial, an environmentally conscious way of caring for the dead. Professional, caring, and experienced staff help guide loved ones through the memorialization process. 

650 Bugeia Ln, Novato, 415.897.9609


Hadley General Contractors, Inc.: 2023 Best of the County Services

With over 300 custom-built homes under their belt and thousands of completed projects, it’s safe to say that Hadley General Contractors have seen it all. Owner Jeff Hadley shares more about his prolific company.

What makes your business unique?
I believe part of taking care of the community is taking on jobs of all sizes, not just cherry-picking the big, attractive jobs. We will send someone out to hang a painting, work on a sewer line, remodel a kitchen, or build a new house. We really can — and will — do it all.
What do you love about construction?
At first, what drew me into construction is working with something tangible, where you can see your progress at the end of the day. Now what I love about construction is the problem-solving and working with clients to build their projects.
What do you love about working in Marin?
I feel very lucky to have been born and raised in Marin, and luckier to call this area my home. More than just the natural beauty, the people we get to meet and the projects we complete are almost always unique and challenging.