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Facts and History of Columbarium's

Published: June 20, 2022
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Cremation services in Knoxville, TN, are a regular part of laying individuals to rest, and for some, they may want to be placed in a columbarium, but if you have no experience with these, you may feel some confusion about if they are the right choice. In this article, we will discuss these structures more in-depth to help give you more information about them so you can schedule with confidence.

What are They?

Columbarium's have grown in popularity because they offer an alternative to storing an individual's remains after completing the process. The structures may be built freestanding or into a wall, and the columbarium may be used for religious purposes or because, for some, it could be too emotionally painful to have the cremated remains in the home.

It can also be helpful because the columbarium will help give some distance between an individual and the loved one while they are trying to navigate through the pain, or some may find it awkward to have an arm sitting in their home.

The structures that started around the Roman Empire and their design were based on the homes built for birds and eventually became what they are today. They are generally found in cemeteries, but some other areas like churches and places of worship may have a separate site explicitly devoted to this space.

The structures have compartments called niches that will store the individual's urn with remains after the creation process is completed. These spaces are meant to hold only one urn, although there is an option to purchase additional spaces for family members, and you can get them in larger sizes depending on your needs.

They can come with a glass, bronze, or granite front, and they all provide different benefits. The granite can be sealed to alleviate security concerns, but it's more difficult to personalize. The bronze is easier to engrave and can work as a headstone-style plaque with information about the individual laid to rest there. The glass front offers more personalization because it allows for the display of any contents that may be left in the niche, like mementos.

What do They Cost?

The cost will vary greatly depending on if the structure is located in a densely populated area or a rural. It will also be depending on if this is a private columbarium or if it's open to the public. The average starting cost is around $700 for a single-size space.

Streamlined and Thoughtful Services

Utilizing a columbarium can offer multiple benefits, and you want to make sure that this, like all the other details at the cremation services in Knoxville, TN, is authentic and honor your loved one. Planning these events can be confusing for some, so if you have recently lost a loved one and are looking for some extra support, we would love to be of service. We understand all the intricacies that go into creating truly memorable events, and we work hard to provide affordable services for all our clients, so contact us today for an appointment.

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