Memorial Garden & Columbarium

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Memorial Gardens at the Fountains United Methodist Church

Montage of the Memorial Garden

What’s a “Columbarium”?!

col•um•bar•i•um

noun
a room or building with niches for funeral urns to be stored.
• a niche to hold a funeral urn.
• a stone wall or walk within a garden for burial of funeral urns, esp. attached to a church.

A Columbarium consists of secure niches where urns containing the ashes of loved ones are placed

Why?

For centuries, it has been the obligation of the church to serve its congregation from birth to death. As churchyard burial is no longer feasible for most churches, a columbarium provides a natural alternative. Besides the practical advantages of being much more affordable for the average family and being an environmentally sensitive and efficient use of space, it also strengthens the ties between families and their faith community. In addition, columbaria are quickly becoming one of the most popular choices of a final resting place in the United States. Arizona’s cremation rate has gone up to 70% in recent years.

Where?

The Fountains’ Memorial Garden and Columbarium can be found bordering on the North end of the Church property. See the map HERE.

How can I find out more?

Click on the links at the top of the page to view documents outlining the cost and other details. Brochures are available at the church office.