"This is my resting place forever; Here I will dwell. . ."
In recent months the Session has begun to explore the establishment of a columbarium on our church grounds, as a dignified space to house the remains (ashes) of members and friends of the congregation. Taking the name from the Greek word “Columba” or dove, a columbarium symbolizes love and peace.
Many houses of worship provide space for a columbarium or memorial garden. We are exploring the placement of a columbarium in the Prayer Garden outside the north wall of the chapel. In this gracious and peaceful environment, we will re-landscape and provide additional benches, as well as install a columbarium in a style and form suited to the space. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, as well as, locally, Trinity Lutheran and Church of the Atonement, all have a columbarium on their grounds. Arlington National Cemetery and other public cemeteries also offer “niches” within a columbarium.
Today cremation and placement within a columbarium are becoming more frequent choices for families. A variety of factors contribute to this trend including availability and cost of burial sites, as well as a concern for the environment. Perhaps most influential is the feeling of many that proximity to a place of worship where loved ones can be honored and remembered is most desired. Family and friends often note that they take comfort in returning to the familiarity of the church as they remember those who have passed away.
We are very glad to talk with you about any questions you may have concerning the columbarium and also eager to know if such a ministry addresses the needs of you and your family. Please do not hesitate to speak with Committee members Chris Smith, Debbie Abitante, or Richard Chan. As with all matters, I am always glad to speak with you.
Rev. Eileen W. Lindner
“In life and in death, we belong to God" . . . Brief Statement of Faith PCUSA