What about including a Labyrinth in your Columbarium?
'Walking the Labyrinth' has reemerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey. It is a meditative practice that is being embraced. People walk the labyrinth for many reasons. Some use labyrinths for distinctly non-Christian purposes. But Christians can choose to walk the labyrinth in an intentionally Christ-centric way.
One of the top Columbarium Committees Objective
The first element on the list of objectives for the committee should be, and needs to be: “Choose the design-build partner”. The design-build partner needs to be able to take you from the unknown to the completion of a successful columbarium program.
Make sure your design-build partner specializes in the type of project you are considering.
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.