a Columbarium at Trinity?
is a large measure of comfort to be
drawn from the ancient and traditional practice of burial in a
churchyard. A Columbarium serves this practice in the modern church. It
is a respectful, simple way to show honor to our deceased loved ones.
Since the church is often the first public place we visit after our
birth, it is fitting that the church serves us full circle by being our
final resting place.
is the Memorial Garden and
garden, planned with spaces for up to 210
niches, is be located on the east side of the church. The main entrance
will be through the existing door next to the altar rail at the left
front of the Nave. There are single and double
niches available. A
frontal plate may be lettered with a family name, two Christian names
and two birth and death dates. The niches are located in the
Columbarium itself on the outside wall of the garden. In addition to
interment, ashes may be scattered in designated garden spaces. A
memorial plaque is located within the garden for the names and birth
and death dates of loved ones whose ashes are scattered. There is room
for funeral congregations to gather in the garden to take part in the
interment or scattering service.
niche can accommodate the remains of one
or two persons. There will be no restrictions on urns except that they
fit within the spaces. Interment will not be open to the community in
general, but be restricted to members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
Church and their immediate families. (Special circumstances will be
considered.) Families may purchase adjoining niches as long as they are
available. Only human remains may be interred.
projected cost for interment is $1,750
per person, and a fee of $150 per person has been established for
scattering of ashes within the garden. The
Columbarium committee/trustees reserve the right to increase costs in
the future. A contract for
a particular chosen space will be issued at the time of initial deposit.
offerings and tributes will not be
allowed in the garden and Columbarium. There are opportunities for
memorials within the garden to honor loved ones, both at future
interment, as well as honoring previously deceased who may be interred
elsewhere. A list of available memorials is forthcoming, but may
donations for any part of
construction will be accepted at any time.
is anticipated that the garden quickly
will be incorporated into the congregational life of Trinity. In
addition to its obvious use, the garden will be a quiet place for
prayer, meditation and contemplation and may also be used as an outdoor
classroom. The garden space meets ADA requirements.