A columbarium is a place where cremation urns are placed. A columbarium can be public and part of a cemetery or private and sit on your cemetery plot. Given the rise in the rate of cremation many cemeteries offer a columbarium as an option for cremation. Shown below is a community columbarium.
Great Mausoleums creates a full set of blueprints for every mausoleum that we build. The blueprints are essentially a detailed look at every individual piece of granite and bronze used on the construction of your mausoleum. Because many clients have only limited experience reading blueprints, the mausoleum builder will explain each piece of the mausoleum.
Once the client approves the blueprints, the process of constructing the mausoleum will begin. A scaled rendering is also provided to give each client an idea of how the end result will appear.
The two most common repairs we see on older mausoleums are warped marble and broken glass.
Many older mausoleums were constructed with marble interiors. Marble is relatively soft when compared to granite and many pieces measure only 1” thick, so warping is not uncommon. Great Mausoleums can replace the marble interior with granite upon your request.
Lexan is currently used to protect the stained glass window on the mausoleum. Because Lexan was not invented until 1953, older mausoleums have exposed stained glass. It is not uncommon for old mausoleums to have broken or missing pieces of stained glass. Great Mausoleums can re-glaze the stained glass window of an older mausoleum and install Lexan offering you a higher level of protection from the elements.
This depends on the size of your private mausoleum. A Sarcophagus may require only 4 graves to be purchased. A vestibule mausoleum will often need at least 10 graves to be purchased and more for larger buildings.
It is often desirable to purchase additional land if the cemetery allows. The additional land can be landscaped and also allows for a more private setting.
Perpetual care is money collected for the maintenance of the cemetery. Often times this money is used for lawn mowing, fertilizer and maintaining graves.Perpetual care for private mausoleums often includes regular maintenance including cleaning of the interior, re-pointing and general upkeep.
Perpetual care is charged by the cemetery and paid for by the family. Be sure to ask the cemetery about perpetual care before you purchase land at the cemetery. You should have a clear understanding of the cost of perpetual care program and the services that you are entitled to receive.
Many cemeteries have very strict rules about landscaping the area and will restrict what can be planted around the mausoleum. Some cemeteries will allow plot owners to landscape the area around their plot. Landscaping the area adds a personal touch to the property. If the cemetery allows for landscaping that is a plus for the plot owner.
Be sure to ask about your landscaping options before you purchase the cemetery property for your private mausoleum.
An estate memorial is a great option for a family that owns a large cemetery property. The family can create a unique, custom built memorial to fit the unique features of the property.
It is important that the estate memorial works in harmony with the landscape and the surrounding area. An estate memorial offers the family an opportunity to creatively express style through a larger memorial.
Below are two fine examples of estate memorials.
A qualified mausoleum builder should be able to install a mausoleum in most cemeteries in the United States. In most cases you should not be restricted to purchasing a private mausoleum from the cemetery.
The Monument Builders of North America is a helpful resource when faced with issues presented by restrictive cemeteries.
A relief carving is a 3 dimensional carving that is sculpted using hand tooling. The relief carving is the most prestigious type of carving that can be included in a mausoleum design. Most often religious figures including saints are the subject
Producing a relief carving is a skill that was more common in past generations. There are still many qualified carvers working in the trades today and they are capable of producing tremendous results.
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