Easter solace as we remember loved ones

Apr 2017    

About 2,000 years ago on Easter, as Jesus was resurrected after taking His place on the cross to die for the sins of the world, He ransomed humanity not just from the wages of sin but also took away the sting of Death itself.

Christ’s work at Calvary and His promise of eternal life still offer solace not just for the dearly departed but also lend strength to the living who are left behind. In the face of our loss and bereavement, we are to cling on to the words of Jesus who said, “…take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

While the pain of losing a loved one is by no means lessened, families can hold fast to the hope that we will one day meet each other again in Christ’s presence. As a measure of comfort to grieving families and to remind us of Christ’s promise of eternal life, The Methodist Church in Singapore established The Garden of Remembrance. This Christian columbarium was set up to house the cremated remains of our beloved deceased family and friends, and to honour and remember them.

The Garden of Remembrance is designed to resemble a pair of open palms coming together in prayer. Clothed in an abundance of natural light, the building provides comfort and solace to all who pass through – a testament to God, the giver of comfort and peace, who through His goodness sustains us not only in this life but for life eternal.

The various private balconies and terraces overlooking the lush greenery and tranquil surroundings offer families and loved ones a quiet and peaceful space for prayer and contemplation as they reflect on the memories of loved ones who have passed; drawing near to God and enjoying His presence. “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

With 40,000 niches built over four stories on a vast hectare of land, the Columbarium’s wide and breezy corridors and walkways offer a spacious divide between the niche blocks, giving families the comfort and privacy they need.

Single, double and premium family niche options are available at The Garden of Remembrance. The premium family niches allow family members and loved ones to be housed together in a shared area. Pricing for the single niches starts from $2,000.

Nine fully air-conditioned spaces are also available for Christian wakes, funeral and memorial services. Ranging from 1,000 to 2,250 sq feet with a seating capacity of 50 to 250 persons, the Chapel and memorial rooms of various sizes are available to cater to different needs. The team at The Garden of Remembrance will be happy to facilitate the arrangement of private memorial services.

Individuals who would like to find out more about the columbarium or are exploring preplanning options can visit The Garden of Remembrance at 920 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, or contact the care team at 6795-8978 or remembrance@methodist.org.sg



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