Brussels Cemetery adds new columbarium - Nov. 2, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The Brussels Cemetery is now home to a newly-installed columbarium, which was purchased at the International Plowing Match in late September.
Doug Sholdice and the Brussels Cemetery Committee approved the purchase of the 64-unit columbarium from Nelson Granite at the IPM. The company is based in Vemillion Bay, Ontario.
Speaking with The Citizen, Sholdice said that while the concept of a columbarium at the cemetery made sense for space at the site, he also said it made sense in terms of changing trends as well.
Sholdice said that many more people are wishing to be cremated than buried these days, putting structures like a columbarium in demand, while at the same time not occupying as much real estate at a cemetery.
The columbarium was installed last week with the help of Canadian Crane Rentals and Dale Bachert at the back of the cemetery.
The new columbarium is constructed from 100 per cent Ontario granite and has room for memorial plaques on its side for those who are perhaps buried somewhere else, but a family member wishes to memorialize them in Brussels as well.
In addition, because the cemetery is a registered charity, Sholdice says the organization is currently accepting donations for the land around the columbarium in terms of landscaping and the installation of benches in order to spruce up the area.