The Columbarium

The Columbarium in the Jud Cramer Ascension Garden at Arborlawn offers a space where members of our community can find their final resting place in the midst of the same place that, whether for a season or a lifetime, they called Home.

What is a Columbarium?

A columbarium is a permanent structure comprised of small compartments, or niches, that are designed to hold two urns each. This burial tradition that dates back to early Rome and is named for the Latin columba, meaning a nesting place for doves. There are many examples of ancient columbaria throughout all of Europe, but there are growing examples of contemporary columbaria across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These columbaria provide a perpetual home for those that have passed on to Heaven that is .


Only members or former members of Arborlawn United Methodist Church, ordained Methodist Ministers, employees and former employees of Arborlawn, and spouses, parents, children and grandchildren of the above-stated persons are eligible for inurnment in the Columbarium in the Jud Cramer Ascension Garden.

Why Choose a Columbarium?

There are three primary reasons to be laid to rest in the Columbarium in the Jud Cramer Ascension Garden. First, the Columbarium provides members with the opportunity to be laid to rest in the shadow of a place that holds deep spiritual meaning for them. Second, the Jud Cramer Ascension Garden provides a serene place for remembrance, meditation, and prayer for all that visit. Lastly, the Columbarium provides arrangements that are significantly more simple and cost-effective than traditional burial.

Purchasing a Niche

Niches are available to be purchased by eligible members at any time. Each niche costs $3,500 and can hold the remains of two people. Once purchased, the ownership of the niche is nonrefundable and nontransferable. 

To begin the process of purchasing a niche or to learn more, please contact Sherry Roth ( in the church office.

Legal Document: Columbarium Rules and Regulations