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"The Eternal God is your dwelling place,

and underneath are the everlasting arms."

– Deuteronomy 33:27

                                             

MEMORIAL GARDEN

Our faith teaches that "In Life and Death, We Belong to God".  To honor that promise, the Session of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church initiated the creation of a memorial garden in 1989 which serves as the final resting place for the cremated remains of loved ones and as a place of remembrance.  In 2021, the Memorial Garden Committee and Hudson Foundation committed to renewal and care of this space.  The garden has undergone a transformation that glorifies God and honors the saints who have gone before us.  The garden is open 24 hours, so loved ones can visit any time. All are welcome to commune with God in this beautiful and sacred space.

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RITES

The rites for interment will be in keeping with Presbyterian forms of worship and prescribed by the Minister. Ministers will assist the family with any service of commitment. 

GUIDELINES & POLICIES

Eligibility

Members, ministers, and former ministers of HMPC, Raleigh, NC, spouses, partners and their children are eligible to be interred in the Memorial Garden.  Special requests will be reviewed and considered by the Board.

 

Records

A diagram of the columbarium and memorial tablet is kept in the church office. With it are records of vital statistics of all individuals who have been or are to be memorialized and/or interred in the Memorial Garden.

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Columbary or Memorial Plaques

Columbary and/or memorial plaques shall be available upon payment of the fee in effect at the time of payment. The reservation of a columbary or memorial plaque and the payment of a fee gives the person the right to be memorialized and/or interred but does not convey ownership of any property to the individual. No transfer of reservation of a columbary or memorial plaque shall be made to another person, estate or corporation.

 

The Columbarium offers both single and double niches.  Multiple urns may be interred together in a double niche.

 

The Memorial Wall is open to anyone to purchase a plaque in memory of a loved one (member or non-member).  

 

Marker/Plaque

The Board of Directors will have sole responsibility for choosing materials and maintaining uniformity. Inscriptions on the columbary or memorial plaque shall consist of surnames and Christian names and dates of birth and death. The Board of Directors will have charge of making these arrangements.

FLOWERS

The Board of Directors, in cooperation with the church staff, will arrange for the maintenance of the Memorial Garden.   In an effort to balance the desire of family members to adorn columbarium niches with the Board’s wish to maintain a neat and respectful appearance, the Memorial Garden Board of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church adopts the following policies regarding the placement of flowers and other mementos on the columbarium.  The purpose of these policies is to serve the interests of all who visit the columbarium.  We appreciate your consideration.

 

  • Families wishing to adorn the niche of an interred family member should make a request to a member of the Memorial Garden Board or the Church Administrator.

  • Upon receiving the request, the Board will provide two copper wire hooks attached to the top screws of niche plaque. These hooks are adequate to support a small arrangement of flowers or other small ornament such as a cross, wreath, flag, etc.

  • Once the hooks are installed, families may add and remove items as they wish. We ask that families take the responsibility for removing items as needed: dead flowers, weathered or broken ornaments, etc.

  • No adhesives of any kind: tape, glue, etc., may be used on the plaques.

  • The Board reserves the right to remove any items deemed unsightly or that are not otherwise in keeping with the stated policy.

  • Requests to place items in the Memorial Garden that fall outside this policy should be directed to the Memorial Garden Board and will be considered on a case by case basis.

COST

The fee at the time when the contract is executed will cover the right to interment of ashes or placement of name on the memorial table, appropriate inscriptions thereon, and perpetual care of the Memorial Garden. A marker for each columbary and memorial plaque will be included in the cost The family is responsible for all other costs such as funeral home charges, cremation costs, etc.

 

Memorial Plaque for the Tablet: $375

Single Niche in the Columbarium: $1,400

Doubles Niches in the Columbarium: $2,000

 

In order to maintain and care for this space, we encourage donations to the Memorial Garden Care Fund or HMPC Foundation, which can be made online or through the church office.    

NICHE DIMENSIONS

Single:   9.5” deep, 7.5” wide, 7.5” high

Double: 19” deep, 7.5” wide, 7.5” high

Double: 19” deep, 7.5” wide, 7.5” high

Urns must be waterproof and be less than 7.5” x 7.5” x 9”

 

CONTACT

Pat Cash, Business Administrator pcash@hmpc.org

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