Why Should a Church Have a Columbarium?
The old traditional church cemetery or “grave yard” as some may have called it is a thing of the past. Mainly due to the high cost of maintaining the property...While those days are gone, today's church leaders and committee members are now involved in looking at other means to be of service to the church family who have chosen cremation and cremation memorialization. It just kind of makes sense.
What to do with a Loved One’s Cremains?
I think you will be surprised to know that only 35% of the people who choose to be cremated are memorialized. Their remains end up on a shelf, in a drawer, or even out in the garage. I think it is because people just don’t know what to do with the remains once they get them. Many people do not know what a columbarium is, they have never heard of it. But with cremation on the rise, more and more churches, universities, and organizations are building columbariums on their property as a service to their members. It is important to have a place to visit because it provides a focal point for memorializing your deceased loved one. I think we all have a desire to be remembered and to remember our loved ones.
A Columbarium Needs a Plan
Membership growth strategists suggest including a columbarium on the campus of a church or organization. Family members stay committed to the church or organization because their loved one is there, other family members may attend a memorial service or visit the location more often. A columbarium program brings heritage to a church or organization. Cremation is on the rise across the United States. Cremation is less expensive, environmentally friendly, and columbariums do not take up much space. Having your church or organization offering a columbarium program to your members, pre-death planning becomes easier to do since they are already a part of the church or organization.
Thanksgiving and your Church Columbarium?
Gathering together brings back good warm feelings, a lot of conversation and laughter from fond memories. But it also brings pain from missing those we’ve lost and who are no longer with us.
Fall is Here! It's Time to Form Your Columbarium Committee
If you don’t already have a Columbarium Committee formed, now is a great time to start talking with like-minded people about having a columbarium at your church or organization.
Some things to Consider for a Successful Columbarium Program
First and the most important thing to consider is choosing a design/build company. Does the company you are considering as your partner have experience in the industry needed to make a successful Columbarium Program for your church or organization?