The Grace Difference
Since 1970, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the Hudson community. We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.
We’re here to give you care and comfort as we help guide you through the planning journey.
We've learned a lot about caring for families over the years. We realize that we aren't just caring for a loved one, but the entire family. People come to us during their most difficult times, and we respond with kindness, understanding and expertise. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home as we work with them to create a memorable service in honor of a beautiful life.
Grace Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home was founded in 1970 by Melvin Scherer, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. As a local resident who attended many services at Hudson Cemetery, Mr. Scherer recognized the need for a new cemetery to serve the growing community.
Splendor for acres
Grace Memorial includes several gardens specific to a faith or organization affiliation within the community such as our Catholic, Jewish, Greek and Masonic Gardens, as well as mausoleum complexes throughout the cemetery.
Dedication, compassion & experience
We have built a reputation for excellence and are committed to creating a unique personalized experience for every individual that will properly honor a life well lived. We promote expression of individuality and encourage protecting your generations to come.
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Years in Business
We're members of the local community who have many years of experience caring for families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most.
James Edward McMichael
Managing Partner, Operations
Jim, a life time resident of Hernando County, re-joined the staff at Grace Memorial Gardens in April 2015. He is a Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service. He has served over the last 34 years in many roles and capacities in the funeral home and cemetery.
“Taking care of, and being there for the people in our community at the worst time in their life is an important part of my life” Jim says, “I’m grateful every day that I get to help someone else.”
Jim is married to his wife Pamela and they are members of St. Theresa Parrish in Spring Hill. He is a very proud father to Allison, who also serves the people in our community at a local hospital as an emergency room nurse. He is privileged and honored to have the opportunity to serve alongside a very talented staff here at Grace Memorial Gardens.
Managing Partner, Family Service
Ben has been a resident of Pasco/Hernando County for over 2 years. While he is still relatively new to this part of the Sunshine State, he has served families all over Florida for over twenty-six years in this profession. Ben has a degree in banking/finance that he earned from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Ben is a Catholic and a father of two wonderful young ladies, who just graduated H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. One will be attending the University of Florida in Gainesville and the other Florida State University in Tallahassee. His passions include golf, hunting and fishing. One of his favorite activities is to take his daughters fishing all over this great state.
He is exceptionally proud to serve the families of Grace Memorial Gardens and grateful to work alongside his amazing colleagues.
“I am truly grateful to serve the families of this area and to work alongside amazing colleagues," Ben said. "I take great pride in how our team has contributed to make this memorial park such a beautiful, park-like and serene place for families to visit."
Managing Partner, Operations
Growing up around the family business, I learned the trade from my parents and grandparents. Later I would graduate from Vincennes University with a degree in Mortuary Science, making me a 3rd generation Funeral Director. My love for the industry has seen me go from funeral director to manager and to owner and my passion has taken me from Illinois to Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Kentucky. The weather, year-round activities and fishing brought me back to Florida.
I am the proud father of two beautiful young ladies, I’ve gained two incredible sons in-law and with our blended families I’m the grandfather to seven. My wife (Cherie) and I met while working together in Daytona Beach and we are getting ready to celebrate 15 years to together.
With well over 40 years of knowledge and experience, I’m here to help you through the process of creating a meaningful service memorializing your loved one.
Please stop by and see what we have to offer . . . . . . I promise, you’ve come to the right place.
Cemetery and Funeral Home Office Manager
Susan, a lifetime resident of Pasco County, has over 18 years experience in the funeral home profession, with the past year and a half here with Grace Memorial Gardens. Susan and her husband, Scott, are proud parents of two daughters, one being a teacher and one a radiological tech student, and one grandson.
Her family is very involved in bowling and they enjoy the comradery and sense of community it brings. Working in the funeral/cemetery profession gives Susan the opportunity to be there for families in their time of need and is an honor and a privilege she holds dear.
We illuminate paths to peace with personalized ceremonies and memorial tributes that honor your loved one.
What Families Are Saying
Crystal was excellent. Deacon Mark is a blessing. I would recommend to everyone. Peaceful and beautiful cemetery.Sandra Seibel 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
All staff were compassionate, professional, and made a very sad time as easy as possible. Would highly recommend.Chuck Preston 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Very friendly and professional thanksMaria Perez 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Very welcoming and helpful with all our needs.Deborah Coulter 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Mark explained everything in detail and everyone was very frendlyTerry Taggart 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I found Mark and his associates sympathetic, respectful and easy to work with.Christine Fuller 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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