The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God.
Their bodies are buried in peace, but their names live forever.

 Wisdom of Solomon 3:1
Ecclesiasticus 44:14


Return to Tradition
Christians have always been concerned about the reverent disposal of the remains of the faithful departed.  Traditionally, the burial place for a church member was in the churchyard.  In some ancient churches, burial was under the floor of the church.  As time passed, customs changed and people were buried in cemeteries that were often far from their homes and families.  Today, many churches are reverting to the old churchyard tradition by offering church-sited columbaria such as Good Shepherd Church.  The church has thus resumed its place at the center of the major life events of baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial.

What is a columbarium?
The word columbarium comes from the Latin word columbary, which is a structure for the nesting of doves—the dove being the symbol of God’s spirit and peace. A columbarium refers to a burial vault for the containment of urns holding cremated remains. It is an old term and an old tradition used for centuries here and abroad

Good Shepherd Columbarium and Memorial Wall Garden
The Columbarium at Good Shepherd is a beautifully landscaped area adjacent to the church.  Unlike remote cemeteries, the setting offers constant reminders of the tender and eternal bond between the deceased and their church family.   Flowering trees, shrubs, walkways and benches invite visitors.  The reflection of seasonal changes in the garden recalls God’s love and promise of eternal life. 

Pricing and Contract Information:

  • Small Niche with single cremains           $1800
  • Small Niche – shared - w/2 cremains     $2300
  • Large Niche with single cremains          $2100
  • Large Niche – shared - w/2 cremains    $2800
  • Memorial Plaques                                    $500

Pricing is subject to change anytime without notice.

Columbarium Policy & Procedures

Columbarium Application.pdf

Questions about interment or a memorial plaque in the Good Shepherd Columbarium and Memorial Wall Garden should be directed to: Melissa Holden in the Finance office or Pastor Dale Scott.