What is a columbarium?
A columbarium is a place where urns of cremated human remains (cremains) are stored (inurned) in niches, with each niche storing urns for two subscribers. There is additional information about the columbarium on the information wall behind the information desk in the entrance to the church.
The Columbarium at SVUMC is located on the southwest side of the Worship Center (facing the mountains). Each niche in The Columbarium holds two 8-inch by 8-inch urns. Single and double niches are available.
Who can use The Columbarium?
Subscriptions are limited to present or past SVUMC members and members of their immediate families, including spouses, parents and children.
Can I be placed with my friends and/family?
Yes, but each companion niche only holds two persons. You would need to subscribe to the total amount of niches you would need for your family. You can also purchase plaques only if you want your family member listed on the plaque only wall of the columbarium and the price for the plaque is $210.00.
Can I choose where my niche will be located?
The Columbarium Committee manages the niche assignments, assigning them on a first-come, first-served basis.
How do we handle the cremation part or who handles that?
You will need a funeral home or cremation service to pick up your remains, cremate them, and deliver your cremated remains to our Columbarium on the day of your inurnment in an approved urn or the urn provided by SVUMC.
Can memorial services be held in the Columbarium area?
Yes, inurnment services will be at the Columbarium just as they are held at a graveside at any other service. Memorial or funeral services will be held in our worship spaces in the same manner as they are currently held for our members.
What kind of identifying marker is on each niche?
When cremains have been inurned into the columbarium the name will be placed on a plaque on the exterior of the marble cover plate covering the niche along with the date of birth and the date of death.
Can I visit anytime I want?
Yes, the Columbarium is accessible from exterior walkways and can be visited at any time between daylight and dusk daily.
How much does a niche in The Columbarium cost?
Niche fees include opening and closing, and perpetual care and range from $450 for a single niche, to $800 for a double niche.
How long do I have to pay?
You can pay the full amount per person in advance or you can make payment arrangements over a brief period of time.
If I move, how to sell/dispose of a previously-purchased plot? Will the church help me?
The Columbarium Committee would need to approve the transfer of your niche to an eligible transferee.
How do I reserve a niche?
Please contact Tony Waalkens (email@example.com)((520) 378-2141); reservations are made by paying for the niche as soon as possible in advance.