Memorial Chapel and Columbarium FAQ



Who is allowed to use the columbarium?
The columbarium is for those who are members of Chapelwood and their immediate family.


How much does it cost to have a niche?
There is no cost to obtain a niche, but we are asking for donations to help defray the cost of building out the Memorial Chapel and Columbarium. These donations are voluntary and a donation is not required in order to place an urn in the columbarium.


Is there a suggested amount for a donation?
While all donations are appreciated and accepted, we are asking for a donation of $4,000 per requested niche, which holds two urns. This amount essentially covers all of the costs associated with having a niche available for you.  Donations in excess of $25,000 will receive special recognition on a plaque in the room in appreciation of their support in making the room possible.


How can I reserve my niche?
Those who contribute at the suggested donation amount (above) will be invited to complete an application for a niche, make an appointment to review their application and other paperwork, and select their niche from the available niches.  If you do not make a donation, you can apply for a niche at any time after the columbarium opens once you have an urn ready for placement. 


Will there be enough niches for everyone who wants one?
Our experience with other churches and their columbaria leads us to believe there will be plenty of niches available for those who want one. We are beginning with about 400 niches (which can hold 800 urns). Our permit allows us to add over 400 more niches at some point in the future.


If you need more information, please complete the form below, or contact Susan Hall, (713) 354-4456.