Cherry Creek Presbyterian

Memorial Garden

Reflecting on Eternity

We are excited to share about the ongoing plans for Cherry Creek’s Memorial Garden and Columbarium. It is our hope to provide a space for you and your loved ones that gives peace and rest both now and at the end of life.

“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
Do you believe this?’” – John 11:25-26

A Rendering

Leaving a Legacy

As Christians, we believe in resurrection from the dead and new spiritual life through Jesus after death. Still, from earliest times, God’s people have looked for ways to honor their departed family members. Abraham purchased a burial site for himself and his wife Sarah (Genesis 23:9). Joseph, like his father Jacob, asked his children to take his bones back to Israel to be buried (Genesis 47-50). All these Patriarchs desired to be buried at a place they loved with those whom they loved most.

According to Jewish scholars, they create this tradition for three reasons:
1) to help their children and grandchildren remember who they were 2) to help them remember their family’s connection to a special place
3) to remind them of God’s covenant faithfulness over generations 

These are the same reasons Cherry Creek is building a Memorial Garden. Our desire is to create a beautiful, serene place to remember and reflect on people and on God.

Information

What is a columbarium?

Inside the garden walls, several columbarium structures will offer compartments, or niches, for holding urns. Our Columbarium will initially have 140 niches where urns containing cremated remains are placed. Each niche has the capacity to hold two urns. The niches are sealed with an engraved stone front showing the name and life dates of those placed within. Anyone with a connection to Cherry Creek (and their family) may have their remains placed here.

Is cremation Biblical?

The Bible does not mandate a particular method for laying a loved one’s remains to rest. While the Hebrews often buried their dead, there are a couple instances in Scripture where we see cremation. Most often, dry bones were saved in a small box and buried. All physical bodies suffer disintegration over time, whether through decay or through fire (Genesis 3:19). The real person, in their spirit, departs at death to be with God. Christians can trust that Jesus will raise any body to new life, as a new spiritual creation, whether from the ground or from ash (John 5:28-29). Cremation has no effect on this.
“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” 1 Corinthains 15:42-44

How much does a niche cost and what is included in the price?

The Pre-Construction cost for a niche is $6,100. This includes everything but the cost of cremation: urns for up to two people, an engraved nameplate, the initial opening and closing of the niche, and the ongoing common maintenance of The Memorial Garden. Because of escalating costs, the post-construction costs for a niche will increase. CCPC will care for the Columbarium, the cremains inurned, the urns, and the memorial markers with dedicated funding into the future. According to the IRS, Columbarium costs are not tax deductible.

What about the urns?

We request that you use the CCPC provided urn. This urn is provided with your reservation and specifically fits into the niche. You may also bring the cremains of loved ones you already have to be inurned in the columbarium in our urns.

Want to start your legacy?
We are currently scheduling one-on-one meetings to share information or reserve a niche.