Funerals and The Columbarium

The death of a loved one is difficult. The pastoral staff of Grace Cathedral are honored to meet with you, pray with you and help you plan a funeral or memorial service in times of loss. In the tradition of cathedrals, we also offer a columbarium, where the remains of the deceased can be preserved and honored or a memorial plaque can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one whose remains are elsewhere.


To contact the clergy or to inquire about scheduling a funeral or memorial service, please call our main number. Services are held in the nave or one of the side chapels. A person need not have been a member of the congregation or an Episcopalian to have a service at the cathedral. We make a special effort to make services affordable for active congregants and donors.

The pastoral staff is also available to discuss advance planning of funeral and memorial services.

TP-Columbarium-1-1The Columbarium

Cathedrals have traditionally laid the departed to rest within their walls and in keeping with that tradition, Grace Cathedral established a columbarium in 1985. The term columbarium is derived from columba, the Latin word for dove, a universal symbol of God’s love and peace.

Our columbarium, the Chapel of St. Francis, is located on the second floor of the cathedral’s gothic bell tower. It offers a peaceful and dignified space where the cremated remains of loved ones may be laid to rest and cared for in perpetuity in a space that is both beautiful and sacred. It also offers memorial plaques for those who remains rest elsewhere. Both niche spaces and memorial plaques  in the columbarium provide a beautiful, peaceful and welcoming space for you to remember the people you love who have died.

You may learn about about prices and payment plans here.

PickerellThe Rev. Nina Pickerrell, Cathedral Deacon, is eager to answer any questions you might have about the columbarium. Please e-mail her at or call her at 415-749-6391.

The columbarium is open for visitation on Sunday from 9:30 – 10:30 am and from 12:30 – 1:30 pm You can make an appointment to visit at another time, including weekends; we are here for you!

Requiem services are held quarterly, on Thursdays, at 12:10 pm, in the columbarium to remember those whose ashes rest there. The Requiem dates for the rest of 2016 are:

  • November 17

The Requiem dates for 2017 are:

  • February 16
  • May 25
  • August 24
  • November 16


Contact Information

Telephone: 415-749-6391


What's Happening at Grace Cathedral?

Connect with Us