History and Background
The Mariner Sands Chapel, in response to numerous requests years ago, established a Memorial Garden available to all Mariner Sands families for the inurnment of ashes following cremation. The Garden has been consecrated by both Catholic and Protestant clergy, but one’s religious background is not a prerequisite for burial in the Memorial Garden.
A Service of the Chapel to the Community
We do not wish to influence the family decisions concerning burial of their family members. The Garden is simply one service by the Chapel for dignified and beautiful care for the ashes of loved ones, if families decide upon cremation.
Many churches have such gardens. Mariner Sands may be the place where many of us want our ashes to remain. The knowledge that a resting place in this Memorial Garden is available is a comfort to families after the death of their loved ones.
In a Quiet Place
The Garden is located in a quiet place hidden from the road and is linked to the Mariner Sands Chapel by a short brick walkway. It is near the 18th tee and overlooks the lake and native vegetation of this hole’s fairway – which leads homeward to the clubhouse.
The circular Garden is bordered by an attractive screen of Podocareupus, Japanese Boxwood, Hibiscus, and Wax Myrtles. A marble rotunda displays individual name plaques and space locations for each person buried in the Garden. A Bermuda grass area between the circular walkway around the rotunda center and the outer circle of shrubs is the location of the inurnment of ashes.
Access for Visitors
The Memorial Garden is open all the time. Family members of those buried in the Garden, but who live outside Mariner Sands, are always welcome to visit their loved one’s burial site. All persons buried in the Garden are listed at the Mariner Sands Security Gate entrance.
For more information contact:
Chapel Phone: 772-288-5194