The term columbarium is derived from the Latin columba or dovecote, the dove being a symbol of God's spiritual peace. Dovecote is a term originally used to describe the spaces or niches in stone walls or rocks where doves and pigeons created their nesting spots.
For centuries, Christians have created columbariums, consisting of niches to receive the inurned remains of their loved ones. Likewise, it has long been the practice to place the remains of their loved ones near their sanctuaries of worship.
In keeping with this tradition, Hope Church's Columbarium offers a final resting place for the cremated remains of our members and their families.
The Carolyn and Irving Wheeler Columbarium Garden was dedicated in March 2008 in the Gardens of Hope. This beautiful courtyard of walled niches provides a sacred interment area located next to Hope's Sanctuary. The Columbarium and surrounding gardens offer a peaceful and sacred environment for the reverent memories of loved ones.
Individuals and families are welcome to reserve a niche or niches, as part of their plans for future needs. The information here outlines in general the policies for reservation of niches. Our Columbarium Packet contains a copy of our complete policies and a reservation form. They are available in our Church Narthex (in the Sanctuary building) and in the Church office.
Who is eligible?
Eligibility for interment in the Columbarium will be determined in accordance with Church policy and is limited to the Hope Presbyterian Church members to include immediate and extended family members.
What are the rules?
How much does it cost?
The current fees,subject to change, for interment in the Columbarium are as follows::
What else do I need to know?
We welcome inquiries and questions. Please call the Church office (863-324-6382) for more information.