The TUUC Memorial Garden
In memory of those whom we love and who loved us, in honor of those whose commitment made and makes possible this place, and whose ideals we cherish . . .
The Memorial Garden
Our Memorial Garden was established in 2007 and is situated on the south side of the church. The grounds with trees, shrubs, flowers, waterfall, and nature trail offers an inviting area for one’s secluded and meditative thoughts. The Memorial Garden is a way of memorializing our loved ones in the intimate and peaceful setting of our church grounds.
A commemorative wall has been designed to hold name-plates of deceased loved ones. It also provides a structure of beauty which in itself dignifies the memory of those who have passed away.
The nearness of our garden to the church building reminds us of an ancient custom where burial took place within the church, or in later times in beautifully maintained country churchyards.
The natural beauty of this setting may be enhanced by additional plants after they have been approved by the Aesthetics Committee.
Within the Garden there is also a circle celebrating World Religions and our own unifying spirit.
The Commemorative Wall
The commemorative wall is available for members and friends of TUUC and their families to remember them in a special and tangible way. Cast bronze name plaques 6″ x 3″ containing the name and the years of birth and death in polished raised letters will be permanently mounted on the concrete wall.
Spouses wishing to have name plates next to each other may do this by purchasing a “holder of space” certificate, since plaques cannot be ordered in advance.
Plaques may be purchased through the Church Administrator who will provide a certificate as receipt. The cost for the plaques is $500, part of which will go into a perpetual maintenance fund.
Scattering of Ashes
Arrangement with the minister may be made for pulverized ashes to be scattered on the grounds of the Memorial Garden or in the nearby woods; but urns or other containers may not be buried. If a name plaque is not desired, a donation is requested towards the maintenance of our special garden.
A commemorative memory book will be maintained by the Memorial Garden Committee. This will be kept at TUUC and will give families and friends the opportunity to celebrate their loved one’s life with photographs and a brief biography. This book shall also include the names of the contributors to The Garden Fund who gave in excess of the cost of the plaque or who gave a donation as a memorial gift.
Contemplating one’s own death and making provisions is difficult. However, we see it as an act of love, sparing our survivors from making difficult decisions at a time when they are in need of comfort.