What is a Columbarium?
The word comes from the Latin word “Columba” meaning dove. It has come to mean a structure with compartments, or niches, for holding cremains. While it typically refers to a specific structure, either indoors, or outdoors, it can also mean a designated area of ground where the cremains are buried, either in a specific container, or simply sprinkled freely.
Who is eligible to be inurned in the columbarium at Trinity Lutheran Church?
Trinity’s columbarium is for use by those who believe that Jesus Christ has destroyed the power of death by His resurrection and who thus await, with certain hope, Christ’s return in glory to raise the dead on the Last Day.
The columbarium is usually reserved for members, and others, who are part of Trinity’s faith community. Trinity’s pastoral team will consider other situation on a case-by-case basis.
What is the average cost of a direct cremation in the Kansas City area?
The average cost is $1,100 to $1,500, depending on the facility. The costs include removal of the deceased, the cremation, and return of cremains in a container suitable for inurnment. It does not include the cost of a specific urn, or any additional services as may be requested by the family.
What is the cost of a niche at TLC and what is included?
Each niche in the columbarium at TLC, will accommodate two (2) inurnments. The leasing of a niche costs $1,500. The price includes the lease, engraving of the cover plate with name and life dates of the deceased, choice of niche location based on availability, inurnment services by one of Trinity’s pastors, record keeping, and maintenance. If there is a second inurnment desired, the additional inurnment fee will be $300.
Are there financing options?
No. Payment for the leasing of the niche must be made in full at the time of purchase.
May a purchaser sell or transfer the lease agreement of a niche?
Yes, but only if prior written permission is obtained from the Columbarium Board, or the Pastoral staff at TLC, and the new lessee is eligible for inurnment in the columbarium.
Can I put more than one urn in a niche?
Yes. Each niche is designed to accommodate two (2) urns. However, the use of a specifically purchased urn is not required for inurnment at the TLC columbarium. Cremains are returned from the crematorium in a container that is suitable for inurnment and may be used for such. However, if a specific urn is desired, care must be exercised so that said urn does not exceed 7 inches deep, 11 inches high, and 11 inches wide.
May I choose the location of the niche?
Yes. All niches are the same size, and a schematic showing available niche locations will be provided at the time the lease is finalized.
May other items be inurned in a niche?
No, only cremated ashes of the eligible individual may be inurned in the niche.
Are flowers allowed?
Flowers may be placed in the columbarium on a stand at the time of services and may be left for a short period of time. However, no artificial arrangements will be allowed.
Does one actually own the niche?
No. The Columbarium is owned by and part of Trinity Lutheran Church. Acceptance of the completed Columbarium Use Agreement stipulates the right of Inurnment will continue as long as the present church edifice stands and is owned by TLC. If the present edifice is sold or demolished and a replacement Columbarium not furnished, the actions set forth in the Use Agreement will be followed.
What if a decision is made at a later date not to use the niche?
If there has been no inurnment, and a decision made by the lease or his/her legal representative that the niche is no longer needed, a written request needs to be made to the Columbarium Board, and the church may, at its discretion, repurchase the niche for the original lease costs, less $300 for administrative costs.
May ashes be removed from the Columbarium?
Yes. If the legal next of kin or designated legal representative of the person or persons inurned,wish to permanently remove the cremains, they may do so, but only after a written request is received by the Columbarium Board and written permission granted. However, there will be no reimbursement for the cost of the niche.
Who may officiate at an inurnment service?
Only one of Trinity’s pastors, or an ordained or licensed minister invited by Trinity’s senior pastor, shall be authorized to officiate at an inurnment service in the columbarium. The committal service shall be at a time mutually agreed upon by the pastor and family of the deceased.
What if the church building is sold?
The right of inurnment will continue as long as the present church edifice stands and is owned by Trinity Lutheran Church. If the present edifice is sold, or demolished, and a replacement building not erected, which would accommodate a new columbarium, the right of inurnment will cease. Specific language dealing with this contingency is included in the Columbarium Use Agreement.
How do I reserve a niche?
Contact the church office for an application or use the application information contained in the Trinity Lutheran Church website. You will be contacted by a representative of the Columbarium Board. You may also click the Columbarium Lease Inquiry button above.