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Our Story

Throughout history, the arranging of a funeral has been one
of the most difficult tasks many people have had to face.

Our founders believed that it doesn't always have to be this way; that when people have an idea of what they want and what they can expect from a funeral professional, they have taken an important first step towards making a difficult task easier on themselves and those they love.

It was in this tradition that in 1883, James Lafayette Halsted and his sons, Major William A, James L., Jr., John and Eminel P. Halsted embarked into the business of "undertaking" these tasks for others.

The N. Gray Mortuary joined with Halsted & Company in 1980. In 1985, Halsted N. Gray & Company and Carew & English became one, united in their dedication to maintaining those same high standards of caring service each firm was founded upon.


An early office of Nathaniel Gray and Co. on Geary and Divisadero.
An early office of Nathaniel Gray & Co. on
Geary and Divisadero.
Halsted and Company Undertakers
Halsted & Company Undertakers
This Company, founded in 1850, was
one of San Francisco's earliest
and most prestigious funeral homes. Gray's tradition of dignified care for the deceased and concern for the survivors' needs continues today.
  Originally located at 946 Mission Street in San Francisco, Halsted & Company burned in the 1906 earthquake and moved temporarily to the Western Addition, then re-located to its present location at 1123 Sutter Street in 1926.


Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English Funeral Directors
Carew & English Undertakers
Carew & English Undertakers
Opened by Thomas R. Carew in 1890. This
building was at 1618 Geary Street. Through the
years, Carew & English has been especially known
for their commitment to high quality service to San Francisco's Catholic Community.
More than
150 Years
of Helping