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The Island Funeral Home voted Lowcountry's Best 2022 Silver Award Winner for Best Funeral Home/Services

In September, The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette announced that The Island Funeral Home & Crematory was named Lowcountry's Best 2022 Silver Award Winner for Best Funeral Home/Services! We, the staff of The Island Funeral Home & Crematory, would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that voted and thank you for allowing us to serve you and Beaufort County. It is our honor and privilege to serve us all!

To read more about the contest, please visit Introducing the 2022 Winners of Lowcountry's Best | Lowcountry's Best (

The Island Funeral Home's Grand Reopening

Thank you to all those who came to our grand reopening! We had folks from the Town of Hilton Head, Town Councilman Alex Brown and Town Staff Attorney Diane Bush, The President of the HHI Chamber Bill Miles and his staff from the Chamber, as well as many of our Hospice partners like, Hospice Care of The Lowcountry, their Executive Director, Jenny Brasington and James Dismond, their Director of Business Development.

 Several of Lawrence Melton's classmates from the The Hilton Head Chamber Leadership Class of 2022 (best class ever) were kindly there to show their support as well.

The feedback that we received from everyone regarding the renovations were wonderful. Folks enjoyed the open feel and the warmth the building now provides from both the inside and out. The new layout of the selection room was also a fan favorite since they were impressed with the options available for families to choose from.

Thank you again to everyone that attended and for those that worked tirelessly to turn this into such a great space for not only us but most importantly, the families and community we have the privilege of serving.

Missy Brown, Valerie Mayer, and Lesley Babington:

The Heart and Soul of the Funeral Industry

"Missy Brown, Valerie Mayer and Lesley Babington have each found their niche at Island Funeral Home in a previously male-dominated industry. Missy and Valerie are funeral directors and Lesley is the director of the crematorium. For each of them it’s not a job, a career, or even a vocation…it’s a calling."

Click here to read the full article in the February 2021 Issue of Pink Magazine.

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry Webinar - Advance Care Planning Featuring Valerie Mayer

Click here to watch the Advance Care Preplanning Series webinar featuring Valerie Mayer.



Memory-Enhancing Classes at Memory Matters: A memory enhancing program providing curriculum-based, mind-enhancing content to encourage socialization, stimulation and support for individuals newly diagnosed with early memory loss. Costs: 1 day per week is $200; 2 days per week is $350. In-person on Mondays & Wednesdays. Virtual classes are offered on Thursdays between 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6688 or


Hilton Head Island Farmers Market: Support our local farmers and producers and take-home fresh produce, pasture-raised chicken, free-range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, sausage, cookies, bread, she-crab soup and more. Entrance and parking are free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum. 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-473-5231 or


Civil War Era: Join this presentation featuring maps and historic photos of this time on Hilton Head from 1861-1865. Reservations required. The cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. or

Farmers Market of Bluffton: Meet local farmers, chefs and artisans every Thursday on Boundary Street. Buy a fresh assortment of strawberries, produce, beets, potatoes and more. Also hear local, live entertainment and educational lectures. Noon-5 p.m., Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton. 843-415-2447 or


Sit and Stitch: Practice needlepoint every Friday during this casual sit and stitch event. All levels welcome. Free. 10 a.m., Needlepoint Junction, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 6134, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8488 or

Beginner Shag Lessons and Social Dancing: The Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club will host Friday night beginner shag lessons, followed by social dances. Lessons are open to couples, singles, and anyone who loves to dance. Dances are open to the public and all styles of dancers: shag, ballroom, swing, country, or line. Floor fee is $5. 5:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-6008 or


Hilton Head Community Market: On Dec. 3rd, 10 and 17, the Island Recreation Center will host a food-focused market that also features a limited number of local artisans and makers each week. Half of all vendor fees received will be donated to a local, non-profit organization each month. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Shelter Cover Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. Contact Colleen Laux at

Bluffton Lowcountry Made Market: On Dec. 17, visit this local market held every 3rd Saturday of each month featuring local artisans and makers. 9a.m. -1p.m. Buckwalter Place (next to Buckwalter Kroger Shopping Center), Commerce Park, 25 Buckwalter Pl. Blvd. Bluffton.


Alligator and Wildlife Boat Tour: Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tour with H2O Sports in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Get an up-close view of indigenous plant and animal life, including the American alligator, on a one-hour guided boat tour. Reservations are required, 843-671-4386 or

Crafts: Children and adults can choose from a variety of craft activities. Cost is $12-$20. Sea Pines Resort Fitness and Recreation Department, 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 122, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

Trail Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with Lawton Stables:  Meander through the preserve on horseback for the true feel of the untouched Lowcountry. Trail riders must be at least 8 years old. Reservations are required. 843-671-2586

The Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum: Explore Hilton Head Island’s rich history and learn the story behind its famous lighthouse in a unique, museum-like setting. Admission is $5.75/person, complimentary for children ages 5 and younger. Open every day 10 a.m.-sundown. 149 Lighthouse Rd. 843-671-2810 or