a Memorial Garden?
earliest times, churches and churchyards have served
as places of interment. In keeping with this tradition,
the Murray Unitarian Universalist Church of Attleboro
has established a memorial garden to inter cremains
of loved ones and to provide a place of peace and
beauty for all to enjoy.What better site for a final
resting place than near a church that has held meaning
during life? To many followers of a liberal religious
philosophy interment of a loved one's ashes in a
memorial garden rather than conventional burial
in a casket is indeed an act of worship. It is a
return of atoms used on loan; a final atonement
with the good earth whence we came. This Church
offers the Memorial Garden as a service to the congregation.
Our Garden Grew
The west courtyard is the site of the Memorial
Garden. At its entrance rests the original bell
with its quaint misspelling, moved from the old
church in 1957. The two benches and birdbaths were
given in 1988 and 1989 by members of the Church
School Classes. The Memorial Garden stone path was
built by a group of dedicated Murray Church volunteers
over the spring and summer of 2007 and the completed
path was dedicated in a ceremony following Sunday
service in September of that year. To learm more
about the Memeorial Garden stone path project, click
The Memorial Garden is meant to
express our awareness and gratitude that we are
woven into a web of relationships that encompass
the quick and the dead and the generations yet to
Financial contributions to the Garden are welcome.
Ideas for specific gifts will be reviewed by the
Memorial Garden Committee.
A short service will be conducted
at the time of interment by the minister of
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church. Cremains shall
be scattered in the garden or buried in biodegradeable
containers with no durable boxes, urns, or site
markers. There will be a sign identifying the Memorial
Garden at the entrance to the west courtyard with
memorial plaques displayed on the inside wall of
the Church corridor whose windows face the Garden.
A permanent record of the names of all persons whose
ashes are interred will be entered in a memorial
book as well as on a memorial stone in the garden
A contribution of $350 will be required for internment
of the Church's contributing members and friends
and their families. The payment and inclusion of
others will be determined by the Memorial Garden
Committee. The contributions will be used for memorial
plaques and for landscaping and care of the Garden.
Further information on terms and conditions can
be obtained from the Memorial Garden information
packet available through the Church Office.