to a mausoleum, a private or public structure that holds coffins, a columbarium
is a structure that has niches or vaults to hold urns that contain cremains
may consist of a wall or ground structure built of stone, brick, granite, or
marble. Or, it may be in a building
where coffins and urns are placed in a comfortable environment with areas of
reflection for family members to use when visiting.
were first used by the Romans. The
ashes of loved ones were put in ornate urns and placed in sacred underground
chambers, which were decorated with frescos and mosaics. The word columbarium is from the Latin
term columba which means, “dwelling
place of the dove.” A columba
originally meant a sectional housing structure for doves and pigeons, what is
now called a dovecote.
hundreds of years, churches were the main places where columbariums were found.
Many Catholic churches have columbariums located in them. The most favored
locations for religious columbariums are within the church, or in church
|Resurrection Mausoleum & Columbarium|
such columbarium is in the Midwest.
The Resurrection Mausoleum and Columbarium in Justice, Illinois, was
constructed in 1969. The Conrad
Pickel Studio of Vero Beach, Florida, began work on the stained glass windows
in the early 1960’s. Over 22,000
square feet of faceted glass were used in the designs.
site has become a major architectural landmark and its faceted glass walls are
the largest glass installation in the world.
Resurrection Mausoleum and Columbarium is located at 7201 Archer Avenue in the
Chicago suburb of Justice. For
more information phone (708) 449-6100 or visit http://www.catholiccemeterieschicago.org
ancient times, Buddhism has also allowed the ashes of the deceased to be placed
in urns and deposited in columbariums.
These structures may be attached to a Buddhist temple.
|Mausoleum & Columbarium in Indianapolis|
public cemeteries and mausoleums have also added columbariums to their options. A columbarium may be a freestanding
unit, or part of a large, public mausoleum.
|Inside Marble Niches|
structure may consist of an outdoor wall containing niches. Or may be inside a building constructed
just for this purpose.
|For Urns & Caskets|
are also located in public mausoleums, built in walls, along side the vaults
cremation urns or boxes are usually a specific size and are placed inside the
lined columbarium niche. The door
is then closed and locked.
doors may be decorated with the deceased’s photo, or symbols of their life.
|Garden Wall Columbarium|
allow family members another option when burial of a loved one may be too
costly, or too far removed from where they are. This lets the family “move” a loved one with them, if the
need arises, yet still provides a special place where family and friends can
remember and memorialize their loved one.
columbarium does not require an in-earth burial, but instead, allows for the
interment of a loved one in a structure, away from the elements. Most columbariums have seating
available for the comfort of those who come to visit, and reflect. As our world becomes more populated,
you will see the need for more columbariums. Will they eventually replace in-ground cemeteries? Only time will tell…
Interesting could well be the way to go looking how cemeterys are filling up over here.ReplyDelete
True, Bill - That is becoming a problem.Delete
Clifford D.Simak wrote a marvellous novel set in the far future entitled "Cemetery World" where Earth, long after a disastrous global war, became a cemetery and place of pilgrimage.Delete
Why not use old rural cemetaries to help solve the space problem for burials? There are quite a few with plenty of space in my area-I even saw one in which the newest grave was from the 1960's. Prahaps people could be buried next to their farmer great-great grandparents.ReplyDelete
Just an idea.
Actually, that's a great idea! I would think that as long as there was a sexton or county official to condone a burial, it could work. And I like the idea of being buried next to ancestors.....Delete
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