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What is a Columbarium?

Columbarium Definition: A columbarium is a free-standing structure constructed of numerous niches designed to hold urns containing cremated remains.

Columbarium Designers, Inc. works with your committee to design and manufacture a beautiful place of spirit for your members to honor and remember their loved ones; completing the work on time and within budget. Columbarium Designers, Inc. will help you develop a business plan that ensures your columbarium and/or Tribute Center program is a success.

We work with churches, institutions of higher learning, and military organizations to provide places of respect, remberance, and reflection. With over 75 years of combined experience, we are experts in all forms of columbarium design, construction and memorialization.

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Cremation. Try looking it up on Google!

Have you ever typed the word “cremation” into Google? What did you get? After the sponsored ads, I got locations in my area I could go to that I could get a cremation done. Then of course Wikipedia with an accurate but cold statement of what cremation is. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremation) There is even a youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHBaCZ3slis ) you can actually see a cremation being done! It is almost 5 minutes and over 11 million people have viewed it. (Me included) Next a website with information from cremation providers to merchandise you can buy to answer to questions you may have. (http://www.cremationinfo.com/cremationinfo/index.htm )

By now you are probably wondering “what’s my point”?

A Little History About Cremation

It’s said that cremation started in the Stone Age mostly in Europe and spread across Northern Europe. Decorative pottery cremation urns have been found in Western Russia among the Slavic peoples. Cremation spread to the British Isles, Spain and Portugal and later became an integral part of the burial customs for the Greeks. Cremation was widely practiced by the Roman Empire. Cremated remains were stored in intricate cremation urns and placed in columbarium-like buildings.

Around 400 A.D. because of Constantine the Great, the Roman Emperor, who made Christianity the dominant religion; cremation was replaced with in-ground or in-tomb burial. This would remain the accepted practice throughout Europe for approximately 1,500 years.

A Columbarium Program Offers Compassion

Your group is excited it has made the decision to include a Columbarium on the campus. The committee chose the perfect design and construction partner, loves the master plan. Enough niches have been sold so construction of the first phase has been completed. The tracking of the sales online is easy and everything is going great! There is a death of a member and the family approaches you needing help. You are ready to offer guidance in selecting a niche, but realize their grief is deep and they really need your help and compassion.


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