Reason to Memorialize a Loved One
Choosing cremation doesn’t mean a person doesn’t want to be honored, memorialized… remembered. Some individuals want to be cremated and then scattered, but they can still be memorialized. It is important to memorialize because it says that their life mattered. A monument, whether it is a plaque on the outside of a niche, or a plaque on a memorial wall; serves as an everlasting tribute to a life worth remembering. It is a final gift.
Columbarium is a Memorial - because We Love Them!
I think we all have a desire to be remembered and to remember our loved ones. Psychologists tell those who suffer the loss of a loved-one to establish a permanent memorial. Memorialization assures the living that the person we lost will never be forgotten. Having their cremains put into a niche in a columbarium gives us a place to visit, and gives a peace of mind knowing that our special person is “close by”.
What is a Columbarium Niche?
A columbarium can be almost any size and can be put in areas you may not think to use. They do not take much space and can be located in unused areas. There are endless options. A church recently put niches behind their altar in a chapel. It works perfectly for them. A cemetery recently included a columbarium as a retaining wall. Another church put a columbarium in their prayer garden, making it a place of reflection, prayer and a place to remember the loved ones of the church members who are memorialized there.