We are pleased to announce the Columbarium Garden, beautifully located on the east side of Eureka Hall. The word columbarium is derived from the Latin term colomba, meaning “dovecote or dwelling place of a dove.” In Christian tradition, the dove, has symbolized the embodiment of the Holy Spirit. The Columbarium Garden at YMCA Blue Ridge will be a place of contemplation, prayer and remembrance.
The Columbarium Garden area features stone walls with small vaults or niches to contain the cremated remains of loved ones. A niche (vault) is a recessed compartment designed to hold urns. A total of 128 double niches are available in Phase I. Our plan calls for an additional 128 double niches to be added in Phase II. The Garden will provide an ideal setting designed for services and visitation.
The purpose of the Columbarium Garden is to provide the friends of YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly a final resting place with special meaning for those touched by the spirit of YMCA Blue Ridge. The Columbarium will be accessible year round. Our vision is to present and maintain a picturesque environment in which family and friends may gather for meditation and reflection.
We are honored by the closeness many have shown toward YMCA Blue Ridge. The Columbarium is a symbol of the connection that families and friends make during their time at YMCA Blue Ridge. This connection propels us to share this beautiful, life-changing place for generations to come.
A niche can accommodate up to two urns which are engraved with name(s), date(s) of birth and death. Niche fees include the two urns, niche granite faceplate which is engraved with names, date(s) of birth and date(s) of death, opening and closing for inurnment(s) and perpetual care. The cost of one niche is $5,000. A minimum down payment of $1,500 is due with agreement and reservation form. The remaining balance of $3,500 is to be paid within the following two year period and is a tax-deductible gift. This gift will help provide perpetual care for the columbarium.
Each niche is a companion niche and can accommodate two urns. However, if two unrelated person so choose, they may share a niche and its cost. Niches may also be purchased as a memorial even if remains are place elsewhere.
The choice of niche location is based on a first come first served basis, determined by the date of when reservation fees are fulfilled.
Your $3,500 tax-deductible gift is a contribution to YMCA Blue Ridge’s Columbarium Endowment Fund. The earnings from the Fund will be used to care for the garden, grounds and sidewalks surrounding the Columbarium Garden Area and to provide staff support including a chaplain for internment services.