The new Columbarium at the Greenwood Union Cemetery, located in the circle at the junction of Hillside, Ledgewood and North Acres, consists of a circular paved area enclosed by a stone wall. On the inside of the Stone wall are 272 niches for the above ground interment of cremated remains. The niches, which are arranged in two and four tiers, one above the other, are covered by polished mahogany "shutters". The name, year of birth, and year of death of the person or persons whose cremated remains are interred in each niche are inscribed on the granite shutter in front of the niche after the internment has been completed.
There are four entrances to the central patio area of the Columbarium, one of which is handicapped accessible. Within the patio are four planting beds which are maintained by the cemetery's grounds-keeping staff. Maintenance of the wall and planting beds is the sole responsibility of the cemetery. No planting or placement of floral tributes by niche owners is permitted. Provision for the permanent maintenance of the Columbarium is included in the purchase price of each niche.
In this Columbarium we are able to place either one or two containers of cremated remains. The purchase price of each niche that is intended for immediate use is either $2,030.00 for one container or $3,660.00 for two. The price includes the cost of interment, and of the inscription of names and dates on the outer granite shutter. Purchasers will be required, at their own expense, to provide a permanent container space (see below) for the cremated remains before interment in the niche.
For purchasers who wish to buy ahead of time with the intent of making an interment at some future date the price of each single niche is $1,600 for one interment and $2,800.00 for double interment use. Charges for interment and for inscription of name and dates will be paid at the time the interment is completed. At this date, those charges total $430.00 (for each interment), but may increase in future years, so current rates at the time of interment will apply. No arrangement for prepayment of these charges can be permitted.
As referred to above, the only extra expense for purchasers of niches is for the provision of a permanent container for the cremated remains before interment in a niche. Such containers may be of a rustproof metal alloy space (such as brass or bronze), of ceramic, or of a nonbiodegradable hard plastic. Glass or other easily broken containers are not permitted, nor are containers of metal that will rust.
Each niche is 10 1/2 inches square and 14 inches in depth, so the container provided by the niche owner must measure slightly less than these overall dimensions. Permanent containers for cremated remains can be obtained from any crematorium through most funeral Directors.
The name, year of birth and year of death of the person whose cremated remains are interred in a niche will be inscribed in the center of the polished granite shutter covering the niche. The cemetery is responsible for having the inscription done. Prior to an interment, the niche owner will be asked to supply the necessary information for the inscription to the cemetery office. As explained above, the cost of the inscription is included in the purchase price of the niche if the niche is purchased for immediate use. In the case of pre-need sales of niches, the cost of the inscription and the internment charge will be paid at the time the niche is used for an interment.
In order to ensure uniformity of inscriptions, the cemetery regulates the size of the inscription panel and lettering. Only the name of the deceased, year of birth and year of death are to be inscribed; no additional dates or other inscriptions are permitted.