How to Choose Between Columbarium and Mausoleums

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Admin under Funeral Home
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Services at funeral homes in Frisco, TX and beyond offer the bereaved lots of different options, from variations in the services themselves to the finals disposition or disposal of the remains, there are lots of choices to make. Including choices regarding the location of final disposition.

 

Many people choose to inter the remains in the ground or in a permanent above ground resting place such as a columbarium. Or is it a mausoleum? Do you know the difference? Keep reading to find out.

 

Both columbarium and mausoleums are defined as permanent, above ground resting places for human remains, but they have a few key differences between them. Unlike mausoleums that generally hold bodies, columbarium are designed to house cremated remains.

 

The term columbarium comes from the Latin word “columba” which means dove. In the past, doves and pigeons were housed in buildings with niches on the walls for their nests. This design is very similar to how columbarium are made, as they have compartments built into the walls to house and display cremation urns. There are lots of different columbarium designs. Some are indoor and some are outside, while others are simple and more still are decorated and elaborate. You can choose whatever kind of columbarium you like for your lost loved one.

 

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, a mausoleum is defined as, “a building designed for above-ground placement of a casket. The casket is placed into a crypt that may be designed for one or two persons.” If you’ve ever been walking in, through or past a cemetery, you’ve most likely noticed the ornate but small buildings scattered around the grounds amidst the tombstones. These buildings are mausoleums, columbarium, or even a combination of the two.

 

Mausoleums can have one crypt, or a chamber designed to hold one body, or a larger space made to hold a few people like a family or a couple. Some mausoleums have more than one room for different parts of a family. These buildings are often decorated with exterior markers to denote who is resting inside. Some even have glass windows that allow those on the outside to view the coffins. Mausoleums can be found in different variations and designs all around the world. One of the original Seven Wonders of the World was a mausoleum! Built in 353 BC near what is now known as Turkey, The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was the final resting place of a famous Persian king named Mausolus. This king was so rich that he commissioned one of the finest mausoleums ever built and is actually how the term mausoleum was coined.

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Slay Memorial Funeral Center is here to help if you have more questions about your options for after a cremation service, or would you like to learn more about Frisco, TX cremation services. Please feel free to stop by and meet with us in person or give us a call for more information on what we can do for you.

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The Slay family has been helping families in this area with their funeral needs since 1986. We provide a special place where loved ones can be remembered. We understand that every person is special and unique. Therefore, we feel that their life should be honored in the same way.

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