Located behind the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, the Sacred Heart Columbarium is set in a landscaped, tranquil garden atmosphere, and provides an attractive location for grieving, prayer, reflection, and meditation.

A columbarium is an arrangement of openings, in a mausoleum or a wall, into which an urn or other worthy vessel containing earthly remains is placed as an enduring memorial to a loved one. The openings are covered with an inscribed plaque that acts as a memorial for the deceased and an attractive, practical alternative to burial in a cemetery.

Why choose a columbarium?

Those who choose a columbarium as a final resting place for a loved one may be influenced by the significance of:

    • their loved one being laid to rest in the grounds of the church that they loved and served in life
    • their loved one being near their church, perpetuating a rewarding and lifelong relationship
    • the religious focus of the church as their final resting place
    • the flexibility offered by cremation in the timing and planning of the final disposition of remains
    • the simplicity of the liturgy involved in the placement of remains
    • the proximity and convenience of visits by loved ones and periods of reflection

From a more practical level

    • the fee for placement in a columbarium niche is less than interment in a cemetery
    • increasing concerns about environmental effects, space issues and permanency of cemetery burial
    • the placement of remains is provided in perpetuity with no time limits
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For more information or to reserve a niche:

More information is available by contacting the Regional Business Manager at the Regional Office.

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