Cremation is often chosen and widely accepted within many religions. When we are cremated, we are reduced to our natural elements, quickly and without chemicals. A variety of disposition options is available for those who choose cremation, including private family estates, columbaria, special garden areas, ground burial, cremation benches and pedestals, urns, cremation niches and more. Cremation also relieves stressful time factors, since the process allows gathering and services to be held at any time.
A cremation garden is an area designed especially to protect and memorialize cremated remains. The garden can be a simple area or a more elaborate landscape that features a variety of cremation memorial options, including many of those listed below.
Private Family Mausoleums or Niche Estate Areas
A private family area or structure is an option whether you choose cremation or burial. Family niche units allow family members to be together in a shared area, often bordered by special landscaping or architectural elements. A family mausoleum can accommodate both cremation urns and casketed entombment.
A columbarium is a specially designed structure comprising multiple cremation niches (small compartments) that hold cremated remains sheltered in an urn. A columbarium may be an entire building, part of another structure or situated in an outdoor setting such as a cremation garden area.
Glass-front niches offer a unique and tasteful way to pay special tribute and preserve precious memories. The clear-glass facing allows visitors to view special keepsakes, photos and personal memorabilia in remembrance of a loved one.
Ground Burial/Bronze Cremation Memorials
Bronze memorials are designed especially for families or individuals who choose cremation and prefer ground burial. An urn fits directly into the tamperproof bronze memorial. Companion ground-burial options are available even when one spouse chooses traditional burial and the other, cremation.
Cremation Benches & Pedestals
Cremation benches and pedestals provide a desirable alternative for sheltering cremated remains in a peaceful outdoor setting. There are many designs that represent a personal way to commemorate the life of a loved one.