PIEDMONT EPISCOPAL CHURCH
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PIEDMONT EPISCOPAL CHURCH
For many generations, the burial places for human bodies
were in and around the church. Then, as time passed, customs changed,
restrictions were imposed and people in many cases had to be buried elsewhere.
Recently, concern in human affairs has brought about much interest in cremation
of bodily remains. This has made it possible to once again return to the
tradition of making one's final resting place on the grounds of the church.
The Garden, which includes the Piedmont Columbarium, is located towards
the rear of the Church cemetery, behind the Church building. The
Regarding cremation and the
Cremation is an old tradition and has been widely practiced throughout the world from earliest times. As Christians we regard burning as a properly reverent way of disposing of objects blessed for religious use, such as prayer books, altar linens and palms. By common Christian consent, we agree that this is a reverent way of recycling that which has been set apart and used to the glory of God. Christians who favor cremation have every right or reason to cite this principle. Cremation was accepted by the Church of England and the Episcopal Church years ago and the
In response to this
need, churches have established special facilities for the care and safekeeping
of cremated remains. This may be either a special garden area, a
Interment within the grounds of Piedmont provides a link visible to us in this life between deceased Christians and their church body, enabling family and friends to pay their respects and refresh their remembrances as a part of regular worship.
Beyond being a place for burial (cemetery and columbaria) and to remember the deceased, the garden at Piedmont is:
- alive and dynamic with plantings, a place for the living to sit, enjoy the beauty, meditate, and pray;
- a place for small meetings, outdoor services, a classroom - an extension of our "indoor" church;
- in keeping with, and compliments, the architecture of our present church,
- a garden that
looks like it "belongs," i.e., is a part of
- a place where the community should feel welcome
The Memorial Garden is set aside for the interment of ashes of those persons who are eligible and have chosen cremation.
Only cremated remains of members of Piedmont Episcopal Church or their immediate families may be interred in the Piedmont Columbarium. Immediate family includes spouse, children, parents, brothers or sisters. Others with Piedmont Episcopal Church connections may be eligible as established and approved by the Vestry.
The cremated remains will be interred in the
The fee for interment in the
Names and dates of persons interred in the
As customary, arrangements for the funeral and burial will be made with the rector. Cremation arrangements must be handled by a funeral home.
Reservations may be made by contacting a Memorial Garden Committee representative.
What are the benefits to using a
For church members the economic advantages are many. A
niche in a
Title and Rights
No property right of any kind will be acquired by the
purchaser and legal title to all
How large is the Columbarium?
Individual niches are 7.5" wide by 7.5” high. They are 22.5" deep. Each niche will accommodate two standard urns. Each urn is 6” in diameter and 11” deep. There are a total of 36 niches.
Our Rector is available to discuss cremation as an option for
Christian burial. Please call the Church office at (540) 948-6787. For general information about the Columbarium, contact Roger
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