Resting in peace with a view: All Saints Anglican gets into the columbarium mix

The All Saints Anglican Church’s newly-installed columbarium looks out over Cochrane from a plateau at the south end of the church grounds. jpg, CT

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All final resting places are beautiful, of course. But the new columbarium that the congregation of All Saints Anglican Church has installed on their home at the top of the hill, well, let’s just say it’s got an extra reason it’s beautiful.

On November 5, a crane lowered the heavy marble structure onto a scenic plateau on church grounds immediately south of their buildings, looking over the downtown. It’s one of the best vistas overlooking the whole town, right up there with the Men of Vision statue hill, the Big Hill pullout on Highway 1A, and the flagpole high above the river near Riversong.

Then on November 8, the first Sunday since the installation of the columbarium, the Archbishop was present to consecrate the site.

The columbarium at All Saints is part of a larger upcoming memorial garden, the ‘Bishop Ford Memorial Garden & Columbarium’, planned to make the most of the natural landscape surrounding the All Saints property.

In the columbarium there’s room in each cube space, called a ‘niche’, for two urns. Normally, they’ll unseal the door, add the urn (one of the few instances something is advertised as ‘non-biodegradable’), seal it back up, and it stays there for eternity.

As time passes, those urns are joined in the columbarium by other individuals and couples in their own niches. And together, they can rest eternally with the same people they made years of memories with at their church.

The memorial garden is expected to be completed in January of next year. For more information on opportunities related to the columbarium or naming in the memorial garden, visit AllSaintsCochrane.org.

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