Although columbariums have existed for thousands of years, they are experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to being both an environmentally and budget friendly final resting place.
Columbariums are structures designed to hold cremated remains in individual compartments called niches. These niches are typically small, rectangular spaces that can accommodate an urn or other container holding the ashes of a loved one. Columbariums can be found in a variety of settings, including cemeteries, churches, and mausoleums.
Palm Coast Church will initially construct 200 columbarium spaces that will be available for church members and member’s families on a first come first serve basis.
The word “columbarium” comes from the Latin word “columba,” which means “dove.” In ancient Rome, columbariums were used to house doves and pigeons, which were considered sacred animals. Over time, the term came to be used to describe any structure that housed small compartments, including those used to hold cremated remains.
Columbariums have become increasingly popular in recent years as more people choose cremation over traditional burial. Cremation offers a number of benefits, including lower costs, greater flexibility in memorialization options, and a smaller environmental footprint. Columbariums provide a dignified and respectful way to honor the memory of a loved one while also preserving their remains in a secure and protected environment.
There are many different types of columbariums available, ranging from simple structures with a few niches to elaborate, multi-level buildings with hundreds or even thousands of compartments. Some columbariums are designed to be freestanding structures, while others are built into existing buildings or structures. The columbarium niches at Palm Coast Church will be housed in a freestanding structure.
One of the key benefits of columbariums is their flexibility. They can be customized to meet the needs and preferences of individual families, with options for different sizes, materials, and designs.
Columbariums can also be used as a place for quiet reflection and contemplation, as a gathering place for family and friends to remember their loved ones, or as a site for special ceremonies and events.
In addition to their practical benefits, columbariums also have a rich cultural and historical significance. They have been used for centuries in many different cultures and religions, and are often associated with themes of peace, tranquility, and eternal rest.
Overall, columbariums offer a unique and meaningful way to honor the memory of a loved one. Whether used as a simple and understated memorial or as an elaborate and ornate structure, columbariums provide a lasting tribute to those who have passed on while also offering comfort and solace to those left behind.
For more information on how to reserve a columbarium for you or your loved one, contact Dan Maxwell at 304-238-4194.