If you’re considering cremation during your funeral pre-planning
or are preparing for the
cremation service of a loved one, you may also want to consider a columbarium. Columbariums
are an above-ground memorialization option that is often confused with
mausoleums. Keep reading to learn more about the uses of columbariums.
The Original Columbariums
Before columbariums were associated with people, they were actually associated
with birds. Early columbariums were homes for large groups of pigeons
and doves in Ancient Rome, and were common among people who raised these
birds for domestic purposes. The original columbariums contained small
shelves that housed the birds. In today’s columbariums, however,
these shelves are used for another purpose.
Columbariums vs. Mausoleums
Columbariums are often confused with mausoleums because the purposes of
the two types of memorial buildings are very similar. Both are built with
the intention of housing the remains of many different people at once—some
may even be public memorials for hundreds of different people. However,
mausoleums are intended to hold the entire bodies of the deceased; in
this way, they act as a type of above-ground burial. Columbariums, on
the other hand, contain cremation urns. Some types of memorial buildings
act as both mausoleums and columbariums and may simply be referred to
The Structure of Columbariums
Columbariums may be elaborate or simple structures, depending on their
size and architectural style. Typically, the buildings contain the remains
of people from a variety of different religions. Therefore, the structures
themselves do not contain any religious markings. Rather, the individual
niches and urns may be marked with religious symbols.
If you’re looking for funeral homes with
columbariums in Oakland, contact Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. Our columbariums are an above-ground
memorialization option that may be the right fit for your needs or the
needs of your loved ones. Call (510) 654-0123 today for more information
about our columbariums, cremation services, and other funeral planning services.