Celebrating life in a place of peace

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Celebrating life in a place of peace

Aside from being one of the world’s most beautiful and tranquil resting places, Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium offers more options for the internment of ashes than anywhere else in New Zealand.

One of these options is the Columbarium/Niche Walls carefully constructed of Otago schist. This south island stone weathers and grows more beautiful with every passing year. The Columbarium was established in 2001 to provide a fitting monument for loved ones prior to the installation of Purewa’s Memorial Gardens.

Each niche in these natural stone walls will accommodate two ash urns, allowing a second set of ashes to be added to those of a loved one previously deceased. The polished black granite plaques also have provision for a second name to be added.

Columbarium comes from the word ‘columba’ meaning dove, a sign of peace. These niche walls were used extensively in Roman times and remain popular memorials in cities like London, Paris and San Francisco.

Purewa Cemetery general manager Clifton Thomson. first came across the concept of the Columbarium some years ago at the Rotorua District Council’s cemetery and crematorium. It created a favourable impression then, and later as manager at Waikumete cemetery and crematorium he commissioned a Columbarium of four walls.

On his appointment as general manager at Purewa, Clifton and his management team conducted a thorough review of the grounds and gardens with a view to their future utilisation.

it was a period of revitalisation of the grounds and facilities including the two chapels, and we found the ideal site for a two-walled Columbarium,’’ Clifton says. ‘‘It has proved a good option for families not wishing to bury a loved ones ashes..

Along with the granite tablets in the Walk of Memories, the Bedrocks and Memorial Walls, the Columbarium/Niche Walls now complement the original Memorial Garden in the most tranquil of settings.

And with around two thirds of the niches now filled or reserved, planning is under way to extend this popular form of memorial.

Browse our website to view all memorial options including Columbarium Niche Walls or send enquiries on below details

- Courtesy of East & Bays Courier (Fairfax Media)
Story and photos by Keith Whitten                          

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