March 01, 2022 | Resources
The Memorial Garden provides a loving and living remembrance of those persons who have passed on and offers a source of quiet comfort and reflection for those who remain.
It was a long-standing tradition of European and American Churches to bury deceased believers either within the church or in the churchyard. There was a sense that loved ones would await the resurrection in the shelter of the church as they had found strength from the church in the world.
As Christians, we believe there should be reverent care of our earthly remains and for many people, cremation is a proper and fitting disposition of the earthly body.
The Memorial Garden at WPC is located on the west side of the Sanctuary. The entrance gate welcomes visitors into a quiet, restful and meditative area. In this solemn place persons are encouraged to enjoy the beauty of God's creation, celebrate our hope of everlasting life, and reflect on God's love and care for each one of us.
As we commit the ashes of our loved ones to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we live in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection from the dead. We have the definite promise from Scripture: "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you." Roman 8:11 (NRSV)
Fees and Logistics
The fee for inurnment rights in the Memorial Garden is $1,200 per person. This fee covers perpetual care of the Garden, casting of the engraved bronze ribbon identifying the deceased by name, year of birth and death. The ribbon is permanently mounted on the Memorial Wall which is attached to the Sanctuary building. Gravestones or flowers are not permitted in the Garden.
Other questions? Please call Betsy Mount at 610 688 8700, ext 212 or .