When the time comes to begin planning our estates, many of us think about our friends and loved ones, as well as those institutions that have played a special role in our lives. For many, historic Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries are places that have captured our interests and imaginations, filling a unique niche in minds and hearts alike. People familiar with Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill might agree that the sites have satisfied their cravings for knowledge, as well as their desires for peace and beauty in ways that few places can. Many of us embrace their history, their beauty and their art—those things that make life truly interesting, and meaningful.

Bequests may be the most significant way for donors to ensure that Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries will continue to hold a special place in the hearts of Philadelphians, and in the history of our nation. They are also the most pragmatic way for supporters to leave a lasting legacy, to promote their principles and their values by benefiting others in the generations that come after. In recent years, even individuals of modest means have taken steps to ensure that their names and their beliefs will persist. For the supporters of the Cemeteries, the preservation of their own legacies is ultimately realized in the preservation of Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill.

There are many ways that you can make your lasting Bequest to historic Laurel Hill Cemetery and West Laurel Hill Cemetery through the Friends:

Specific Bequest:

  • Your bequest can deliver a specific dollar amount, asset or percentage of your estate.

Residual Bequest:

  • Your bequest can amount to all or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate after expenses, taxes and specified gifts have been paid.

Contingent Bequest:

  • Your bequest can be payable to the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries if the initial beneficiary is unable to inherit it.

You can make your bequest in several ways. It can be directed to sustain a specific program or project at Laurel Hill and/or West Laurel Hill Cemetery; it can be applied to a general fund that supports the ongoing educational and preservation efforts of the Friends; or it can be allocated towards the need that is most pressing at the time we receive it.

If you have supported Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries during your lifetime, and if you have found it a place of fulfillment and value—intellectually, aesthetically or spiritually—then you can ensure that your legacy will continue to support this unique and priceless resource far into the future.

To speak with someone about making a Bequest to the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, or to receive additional information, please contact us at 215-228-8200.