Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson Memorial Garden
The UUFC Memorial Garden is a simple, dignified meditation garden set aside as a place where cremated remains (cremains) may be placed directly into the earth, where people may gather for reflection, prayer, or meditation, and where the church community may gather or host occasions for fellowship or celebration.
The Memorial Garden’s location was chosen to provide a private place for meditation amid the beauty of nature from which one can see the sanctuary, symbolizing connectedness with the Fellowship past and present. The children’s playground is adjacent, reminding one of continuing life, excitement, joy, and hope for the future.
Guidelines For Use
The Memorial Garden can be used to deposit the cremains of a current Member or Friend of the Fellowship (as defined by the Bylaws) or of a former Member or Friend. In addition, a child, spouse, family member or life partner of a Member or Friend or of a former Member or Friend can be interred. Questions of eligibility will be referred to the Board of Trustees. The interment ceremony will be conducted by the Fellowship minister or other designated official. The Memorial Garden may be used for ceremonies other than memorial services. Weddings and other ceremonies or celebrations can be arranged by completing a form provided by the Fellowship Office Administrator.If awood or charcoal fire will be included in such ceremonies, it can be set at the Gathering Circle but must be contained in a fire pan or brazier and may not be burned directly on the pavement or the ground.
Cremains are scattered on the ground and covered with mulch. No urns or containers are to be buried. The Committee prepares the interment site, but the deceased’s loved ones may participate in the burial.
The burial sites will be located next to the pathway in the woodland area and will be marked by a memorial brick inscribed with the interred person’s name, birth and death dates. No grave stones, flower arrangements, plants or other decorations will be placed at interment sites. A small brass plate engraved with the interred person’s name, birth and death dates will be added to the Memorial Plaque located in the sanctuary. If a deceased person is buried elsewhere, a plate may be placed on a separate plaque, if desired, but no memorial brick will be placed in the interment area of the Garden.
We are grateful for the contributions of UUFC members and friends who made a dream a reality. The following words are borrowed from a granite slab in the Charleston Unitarian Church cemetery:
Welcome to The Garden of Remembrance.
We celebrate our companions along the way.
As members and friends of the Charleston Unitarian Church we commit ourselves to:
Principled actions that honor the generations who have brought us here;
Responsibly nurturing our resources, our activities, and our greater community;
Making possible the spiritual journey of our church family and the generations to come.
Our diversity enhances us, our love guides us, and our convictions strengthen us.
Memorial Garden Committee Members
Anne Highley, Cindy Rodgers, Jim Rodgers, Anita Stutzman, Carolyn Turner, John Turner, Meg Williamston