Once the decision has been made to use cremation as the method of disposition the question of what to do with the cremated remains arises. Families have many options such as burial, scattering, or keeping the cremated remains at home. However, there is another option that is becoming popular amongst families choosing cremation; this alternative option is called a columbarium.
A columbarium is any building that houses cremated remains.
Columbariums today are designed to have compartmentalized spaces, called niches, to house individual urns or multiple urns. Columbarium niches range in size and shape while offering a safe and secure resting place for an urn. Choosing a columbarium as a final resting place for a loved one comes with many benefits. Family members have a tranquil and beautiful place to visit and reflect on the life of their loved one. In addition, since the urn is interned in the columbarium, families can visit their loved one during any season with comfort and peace of mind. Finally, choosing cremation and a columbarium as a final resting place for a loved one costs significantly less than traditional burial with a casket, burial site, and marker.
There are many churches and cemeteries in the St. Charles and St. Louis area that offer columbariums as an option for families. Local cemetery, St. Charles Memorial Gardens, offers beautiful columbarium niches as a final resting place for the cremated remains of loved ones, and provides a comfortable, quiet place for family visits and recollection. To learn more about the columbarium niches offered at St. Charles Memorial Gardens, please visit: www.scmemorialgardens.com