Eickhof Newsletter

In this issue, we're pleased to highlight a recent project that brings new memorial space to a historic urban cemetery. Another incorporates a columbarium into a major church remodeling effort. And don't miss the spotlight on new options available with our Ossuarium & Satin Urn products.

This year Eickhof helped connect a college campus to their spiritual life. "It feels like part of a connection to our spiritual life on campus." 

This issue of our newsletter features two interesting and unique cemetery projects, showing how Eickhof can help integrate new ways of memorializing loved ones in a familiar setting. "The Eickhof columbarium product was far superior, both technically and in its ability to meet the construction needs of our project."

Eickhof Columbaria was awarded the columbarium projects for both Highland Park United Methodist Church and Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX

 Eickhof Columbaria was awarded the Church of Our Lady of the Lake/Mount Carmel columbarium project located on St. Sebastian's Terrace in Carmel, New York.

Saint John's Abbey is located on more than 2,000 acres and includes Saint John's Prep School, Saint John's University, The School of Theology, and the Liturgical Press, as well as Saint John's Abbey Cemetery.  The cemetery was established in 1869 with a section for the monks and parishioners of the Abbey Church.

There are times when a few facts are helpful. For example, cremation was not introduced in the United States until 1876, with the opening of the first crematory. The 2nd crematory was built in 1884, with both crematories located in Pennsylvania. By 1900 there were only 20 crematories in operation. By 1913 cremations totaled only 10,000 per year. Even in 1975 there were only 150,000 cremations. By 2006 that number had climbed to approximately 800,000. 

St. George Episcopal Church is located in The Villages, a well-known and active retirement community in Lady Lake, Florida.  The decision to build a columbarium in a Memorial Garden was an easy decision for this church. "We saw it as a necessity, an integral part of the church's ministry," states Robert Updike, a leader and designer of the project.

While reviewing the plans for the new Cathedral in Los Angeles with Cardinal Roger Mahony, Spanish architect Professor Jose Rafael Moneo indiated that the space below the expansive nave could be utilized for storage.  "That's a lot of room for storage," the Cardinal commented.  It was then that Cardinal Mahony conceived of the idea of a mausoleum beneath the Cathedral, a tradiiton that has a long history in Europe.  Recognizing that many Catholic cemeteries were running out of space, the vision of the mausoleum became a significant element of the overall plan for the Cathedral.