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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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4 Different Items to Include in Your Columbarium

We have been talking about different items to include in your columbarium. An ossuary was suggested. If you remember an ossuary is a large underground vault that has an opening above ground. Cremated remains are poured down a cylinder into an underground vault and co-mingled with other cremated remains. A tribute tower or memorial wall is nearby for memorial plaques with the names of the deceased and the birth date and death date are on the plaques. Then we talked about including a Labyrinth. A labyrinth has only one path leading to the center and back out again with no dead-ends. One of our readers suggested using the columbarium as the walls of the labyrinth.

Should an Ossuary be a part of your Columbarium Program?

Recently we had a few churches asks us questions about including an ossuary in their columbarium design. Since I’ve only been a part of the Columbarium Designers, Inc. team a few years, I didn’t know what an ossuary was. Dave, who has been helping churches, cemeteries and organizations with their columbarium programs for over 30 year’s explained it to me.

What are the benefits of an Interior Columbarium?

Recently, we have received a number of questions concerning designing and installing a columbarium inside a church or an organization’s facility. The high density of a columbarium means that relatively little space is required. A suitable location can almost always be found. Many churches are finding areas that have no other use and the planning of and installation of a columbarium has been a very successful project. The opportunity to create a columbarium inside the church or an organization facility is a rapidly growing portion of the industry.

A columbarium inside opens up other options of materials that can be used since it won’t have to weather a storm and will provide a beautiful memorial.


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