What You Need to Know About Cremation and Urns

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum columbarium

When planning your future, it’s important to make informed decisions about your funeral. Selecting St. Luke’s historic cemetery is a great place to start. We have several options, including our Ancient Cemetery, the Memorial Park, and our Columbarium. What you may not realize is that if you choose cremation, you actually have several options when it comes to interring your remains. 

Cremation is the process of incinerating remains. When you receive cremains, as they are called, they will be contained in a plastic bag or a plastic box. If the decedent has planned thoroughly, an urn may have already been selected. If not, it is up to the family or executor to choose a container for the cremains. 

How to Choose an Urn

When choosing an urn, it’s important to know where the cremains will ultimately be stored. If one chooses to keep their urn indoors, a variety of materials will suffice–a decorative metal box, a carved wooden urn, or a glass container would be suitable. 

But if there is a possibility that the urn will someday be buried, it’s important to know that only some urns are appropropriate for burial. Because plastics and some metals may decompose, it could result in “sink holes” at the cemetery. At St. Luke’s, it is required that burial urns are made of cultured stone or specific metals that are resistant to rust. Otherwise, you may need to purchase an Urn Vault to encase your urn before burial. 

St. Luke’s Columbarium

Our columbarium is a brick-and-mortar wall intended for the storage of cinerary urns. The cost of the urn, as well as the creation of a plaque, is included in the cost of the columbarium niche. Only our specific cinerary urns may be interred here. 

Urn Garden

In the St. Luke’s Memorial Park, there is a special area reserved for urns intended for burial. It is here where loved ones’ urns are interred underground, similar to a burial plot. A headstone may be placed on the plot in remembrance. Headstone costs vary, so be sure to research when planning your estate. 

If cremation is right for you, be sure to consider the final resting place for your urn and choose an appropriate material. St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum can help you determine the best choice for your or your loved one, and looks forward to being a compassionate guide throughout the process.

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