Groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial and Meditation Garden was on Nov. 6.
The Accotink Memorials
Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC) offers opportunities to honor and remember your loved ones with the Memorial and Meditation Garden and the Memorial Tree.
The Memorial Tree
Leaves engraved with the names of church members or their family members, regardless of where their remains are located, can be mounted on a Bronze Memorial Tree.
This provides family and friends a place to reflect and remember within the church building. The tree is located in the stairwell going down to the exit to the outdoor garden.
The cost for a leaf on the Memorial Tree is $ 500
The Memorial and Meditation Garden
The Memorial Garden is a quiet place to remember and reflect. It is situated on church property, near the main building and the lower parking area. (The Garden is being developed and is expected to be completed early in 2017.) It is a place of reflection, with benches for visitors to sit and reflect in a natural setting filled with evergreens and flowering trees.
The Memorial and Meditation Garden is an area of natural beauty that provides a space to memorialize our deceased loved ones. This sanctuary, nestled in a grove of greenery and open to the sky, the sun and the rain, gives us a place to grieve, remember and be comforted through quiet reflection and meditation.
The Garden provides a permanent resting place in a setting which is part of the church and was meaningful in the lives of the deceased. Sharing memorial activities on church grounds strengthens the sense of community for the congregation. The Garden is available to any member of the AUUC and their immediate family members.
Members may choose to have cremains interred in a Columbarium covered by a personalized bronze plaque or scattered in a designated place on the church property. A personalized bronze plaque may also be placed on the Memorial Wall regardless of the location of the remains.
Name plaque on outdoor Memorial Wall (entitles cremains to be scattered) $ 850
Internment in outdoor columbarium with personalized cover plate $1,750
Accotink Memorials News
It has been an eventful couple of months since our last article in the newsletter! On Sunday, November 6 we held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial and Meditation Garden. Just after the Thanksgiving holiday, the church’s mortgage banker approved the easement and it has been forwarded back to the county for the next step. In early December, we received the landscaping and site engineering plan from our design firm and we asked five landscape construction firms to prepare bids.
Now, the groundbreaking spade has been hung in the Sanctuary and we are proceeding to complete the easement and permitting process. By late January, we should be reviewing the bids for construction.
On the funding front, we continue to welcome donations as well as sales of memorial options.
Speaking of fundraising, have you seen the art work in the sanctuary recently? We are nearing the end of our Art Sale and have just a few pieces remain. If you have your eye on any of the pieces, please act before it is too late!
Brochures with all the details are available in the foyer of the church, and If you have any questions or comments, just send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with any of the committee members. The committee members are: Peggy Eckerman, Ed Kringer, Herb Bartlett, John Simmons, Ray Burmester, Susan Brown and Don Eckerman.
Until next month, thanks for reading!