What is a Columbarium?
A Columbarium is a consecrated area reserved for the “inurnment” of cremated remains of the departed. Inurnment is the placement of the ashes of the deceased in a sealed container which is placed in a specially designed niche as a permanent or semi-permanent resting place.
The name “Columbarium” is from the Latin word columba meaning “dovecote”, the dove being a symbol of God’s spirit and peace.
The Episcopal Church has long approved of cremation. With increased urbanization and ecological awareness, it continues to gain acceptance, particularly with the development of aesthetic, well-designed parish Columbaria that provide lasting memorialization.