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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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Memorial Garden Plaques for Your Columbarium Project

1. How many options are there?
2. How much does it cost?
3. Who does the work?
4. How can it be made easy?
5. How can we order and install the memorial?
6. What goes on the memorial?
7. How long does it take to get it delivered?
8. How can we make this simple?

Dealing with a Difficult Situation

Unfortunately, even in a small church there is someone going through a difficult situation and it is a blessing to that individual to know that there are people who care. That is why providing grief counseling at your church is such a wonderful ministry. I know that there are some church members who don’t think a columbarium program has a place at the church facility, but I just haven’t heard a good reason to agree with. In my opinion, it is completing the circle of life and who else would we want to help with that part of our life than our church community.

When a difficult situation enters our life, such as a death of a loved one, diagnosis of cancer, loss of a job, we have to determine how we will choose to handle it. We can handle it positively or negatively. We can stay in our bed and cry all day or we can know that how we perceive this difficulty now, we’ll probably perceive it differently later.

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.


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