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The Memorial Garden and Columbarium

What specifically is a columbarium?

A columbarium is an arrangement of openings in a wall, into which an urn or other worthy vessel is placed for permanent memorial. These openings are typically 12”x12”x14” and are called “niches.” At Mosaic Church of the Nazarene, the columbarium is a walled structure. Initially, approximately 200 niches will be available; however, the current plan calls for more than 500 niches when the phased construction has been completed. There will also be space dedicated as a memorial wall that will contain plaques for deceased members of family members buried at other locations.

If I choose to be cremated, what are the advantages of choosing the columbarium as opposed to a cemetery?

This is a personal choice. Many people choose to be buried in a columbarium at their church, because of a strong desire to be laid to rest on the grounds of a church that they loved and served. They like the simplicity of the liturgy and want to preserve a nearness to the church and perpetuate a relationship that has been a lifelong pursuit. Those who choose to be placed in a columbarium at the church often are attracted by its Christian focus and the nearness to the church. The proximity makes it convenient for visits by loved ones and for periods of meditation and reflection.

Also, the fee for being placed in one of the niches is usually less than the cost of interment in a cemetery. Other factors that may influence your decision to choose internment in a columbarium are concerns about the environment, space available in a cemetery, and the flexibility cremation offers in ceremony planning and in the disposition of the remains. At Mosaic Church of the Nazarene, perpetual care of the grounds surrounding the columbarium will be provided tastefully, including liturgies celebrated each November 2nd, as an observance of what is known as All Souls Day.

Where is the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Memorial Garden and Columbarium situated?

Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Memorial Garden and Columbarium will be on the church grounds. Located in Florence, Az in the Anthem at Merrill Ranch Community  on the Southwest Corner of Merrill Ranch Parkway and Felix Roads. The location is between the corner of the property and the future build of the prayer chapel and Sanctuary.  The columbarium will provide an attractively landscaped location for grieving, prayer and meditation. It is close to the church and the Prayer Chapel which may also be used for prayer and reflection and provides a haven during inclement weather.

I am not Member or Attender of the Church of the Nazarene and I want to be buried in the Memorial Garden.  Are there any provisions whereby my remains can be placed here?

Yes, and each niche holds two urns if you wish to share the spot with our spouse. Our non-members and attenders can have a funeral service at Mosaic Church of the Nazarene and then be placed in your columbarium niche. All funeral services, however, will be in accord with Church of the Nazarene rites and will involve a member of the local pastoral staff. Exceptions require approval of the Senior Pastor.

My family members are buried in another city. Can I remember them at the site of Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Memorial Garden?

Yes. Special tableaus will be provided in Mosaic Church of the Nazarene’s Memorial Garden and Columbarium. These locations will contain memorial plaques for those loved ones who may be interred elsewhere. The plaques will be inscribed with their names.

Who may be interred in Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Memorial Garden?

Yes, with the understanding that the wall is and perpetually be uniquely Christian and all those interred there will be treated as such an will receive all the rites and services of the Christian faith.

What is the cost of a niche?

The price of a niche in the columbarium is:

  The price of one memorial plaque is:

Purchased by: Member of the Church of the Nazarene

  Purchased by: Member of the Church of the Nazarene
Single Double    
$2,000 $4,000   $400
Non-Member     Non-Member
Single Double    
$3,000 $6,000 $800

Will these prices ever change?

Yes and no. These are today’s prices and may be raised at any time without notice. However, once you have purchased a niche or a Memorial Plaque, there will be no further charges, even if the price should rise in the future.

What proof will I have that I purchased a niche?

A contract will witness the Right of Inurnment of cremains purchased with the payment of the appropriate fee for a specified niche in the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Memorial Garden.

A similar contract will be provided for purchase of Memorial Plaques.

I purchased a niche for myself. If I later decide to add another person, can I do so?

Yes, assuming the second person meets the qualifications previously described.

May more than two people be interred in a niche?

No. There is not sufficient space in a niche for more than two urns.

May I supply my own urn?

Yes, but all urns must meet the standards of worthiness set down by the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Board of Stewards and will be appropriately sized to fit inside the niche which is typically 12’ x12’’x14”. The Pastor must approve all exceptions.

What happens if I purchase a niche in the columbarium, then move away?

Upon receipt of your contract for the niche, it is the intent of Mosaic Church of the Nazarene to provide a refund of your original purchase price, less $100 and incurred expenses, if any, for those who have purchased the Right of Inurnment but no longer plan to exercise this right. However, the Columbarium Committee will decide each case individually based on the “Policy Statement of the Columbarium Committee.”

May I decorate the area near my niche with flowers?

The columbarium site is perpetually maintained in a manner designed to be beautiful, serene, holy and edifying under the direction of the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Board of Stewards. Additional floral arrangements, flags, statues, or other decorations may not be placed on or near a niche or any other location in the Memorial Garden and Columbarium without the written approval of the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Board of Stewards and the written concurrence of the Pastor. Annually scheduled dates and event to honor our servicemen and women will allow for specific exception with uniform use of remembrance throughout the Memorial Garden.

How are niches assigned?

You may choose an available niche at the time of purchase from any section in the columbarium where the first 200 niches have been designed to be installed and made available for inurnment by the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Board of Stewards. If you choose not to select a niche location, the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Board of Stewards will select it for you.

I am interested in purchasing a niche and/or memorial plaque. What is the difference between the two? What is the next step?

A niche is a shelf-like space in the columbarium structure used for the inurnment of cremated remains. Urns are placed in these niches as a final resting place for cremated remains. Two large memorial plaques will also be available in the Garden. These will provide room for over 200 inscriptions of names of deceased immediate family members who are interred elsewhere. These plaques are built into the Garden walls. The next step is to contact the church office at (520) 709-0815. The staff at the office will arrange for a member of the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene Board of Stewards to contact you and provide whatever assistance that you need including a copy of all documentation relating to the Columbarium and available methods of payment.

Upon payment of the appropriate fee, you may choose a niche location. The order of selection will be determined by the order in which each purchase was made in relation to other such purchases. Payment in full for the niche is required to secure a place in the selection process described above. Payment in full must be received before an available niche may be selected from the diagram. To reserve a niche, full payment is required at the time that the contract is signed or, if paying over a 12-month time frame, 50% is required up-front to reserve the niche with the rest of the payments due over the next 11 months.

A similar process will be used for purchase of Memorial Plaques.

A contract for purchase of the Right of Inurnment or a Memorial Plaque will be provided to witness the transaction.

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