Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Columbarium Questions

Americans are increasingly opting for cremation over traditional burial; therefore, the need for columbariums is on the rise.  Developing plans for a columbarium is a challenge, though, if you aren’t well-informed. At Columbarium Planners, we make the process of planning, designing, and constructing a columbarium as simple as possible. We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you begin the process of planning for your community’s columbarium.

Columbarium Design

What Is a Columbarium?

A columbarium is a permanent structure made up of niches (i.e. spaces). These spaces house the urns and cremated remains of the deceased. Typically, columbariums are located outdoors, for ease of access. Oftentimes, they also contain a garden or other landscaping features.

Where Are Columbariums Located?

Columbariums are primarily located on church properties. However, they are also a growing part of many community cemeteries. With regard to site selection, our team will help you select the ideal location. First, we will conduct a site evaluation of your property. Then, we will produce a report of our findings, with a list of at least three potential locations. Lastly, with these recommendations in mind, your board and/or committee will decide on the final location.

What Are Niches?

Each wall of the columbarium is comprised of rows of small square spaces, called niches. Each niche is uniform in size and shape, and can house one or two urns. Additionally, each niche is covered with an engravable granite lid. Many churches pre-sell niches to family members to generate funds for construction.

Will Columbarium Planners Make a Presentation to Our Church or Cemetery?

Yes! If you are interested in learning more about Columbarium Planners, call (910) 295-8328 or request information online. We will gladly send you an informational package. Additionally, we provide presentations upon request. 

Why Work with Columbarium Planners?

At Columbarium Planners, we prioritize the needs of our clients to create a space that will bless and serve the members of your community for years to come. As such, we infuse integrity into all that we do. Our team works closely with clients to design each structure to the client’s exact specifications. Then, we follow this plan closely during the construction phase to bring every detail of the vision to life. Lastly, quality is the gold standard for all of our work; we custom-design each project and use only the best of construction materials.

Contact Us 

Planning and preparing for a columbarium is a big undertaking. Request information online today, or call Columbarium Planners at (910) 295-8328.  Our headquarters is located in North Carolina, but we build columbariums throughout the eastern half of the United States, including South Carolina and Virginia.