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Benefits of Investing in Columbariums

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things to go through in life. However, many find solace in being able to visit them at their final resting place. While they won’t be able to respond or hug their visitor, it is nice to know that they are at peace and that there is location to go to when wanting to reminisce about the times that they shared together. For centuries, this was usually a burial plot or mausoleum, however in the last couple of decades, cremations have been on the rise. This has caused many cemeteries to consider investing in columbariums. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits that columbariums provide. 

HGH Granite is here to help. As a leading granite supplier in Ontario, we have a wide variety of granite for our customers to choose from and the experience you can rely on. If you have any questions for us then don’t hesitate to contact us today or go ahead and request a quote for the granite that you are in need of.

Less Maintenance

As any owner of a cemetery knows, it is quite pricey to ensure that the grounds are in their best condition. The lawn needs to be properly watered as well as mowed, not to mention that at a burial cemetery, there is often a cost for excavation equipment and permits. With columbariums, there is very little cost after you have it installed. Made from the innately beautiful granite, there is hardly any maintenance required since it is so incredibly durable. All it will need is some general cleaning. 

Meet the Cremation Market’s Needs

As we stated earlier, cremations are becoming much more popular year after year. In fact, statistics show that the cremation rate has been rising at a staggering pace. In 1975, the rate was only at 5.69%, skip ahead to 2018 and that percentage has jumped all the way up to 53.1%. It is assumed that the rate will only continue to get higher in the coming years. While there are a fair share of people that would like their remains to be scattered in a special place, many would prefer to have a secure place for their ashes to be. Many families find themselves unsure of where to put the ashes of their loved one, and unfortunately, this sometimes means that the urn gets put into a closet or another location that likely would not have been their ideal choice for their final resting place. Give families a place for internment that is meaningful and visually appealing. 

Provide Families a Place to Visit

Families of the dearly departed need a place to visit their loved ones, whether it’s to celebrate a certain memory or special occasion, or to just reflect on the memories made together. Granite columbariums give them a peaceful place to do this, especially indoor columbariums which provide privacy for those that are grieving.

Optimal Land Use

One of the biggest benefits that columbariums provide, especially to owners of large or already crowded cemeteries, is that they are so compact. While burial plots take up space that, for obvious reasons, can not be used again, columbariums have multiple niches that are at various sizes.These structures can also be added to, so if you require more room, we can add to it. As cemeteries begin to run out of room, prepare yourself through columbariums.

Architecturally Appealing

Families want to know that the one that they have lost will be put in a place that is peaceful and visually appealing. At HGH Granite, we completely understand. Not only do we have granite imported from four continents in an almost endless number of colours, but we have experience working with architecture. We have created many incredible granite architectural features and know what will be visually appealing. Whether you have a vision yourself or you would like our opinion, we’ll make sure that the columbarium(s) add to the appearance of the cemetery instead of hindering it. 

Grieving after a loss is a painful time, but by having a well built columbarium will at least give them the peace of mind knowing that their loved one is in a safe place. As premier granite suppliers located in Ontario, we want to help in any way that we can. A columbarium isn’t where it ends. Our family stonework business began in 1929 when Henry George Hardwick began creating custom granite memorials, which we proudly still produce today. From headstones to mausoleums, we have done it all. We also make granite architectural features, monuments, landmarks, and so much more. If you would like to learn more or already have a project on your mind that requires custom granite, then be sure to contact us today. We can’t wait to show you what we can do.

Ways That Cremated Remains Can Be Memorialized

With cremation becoming a more popular option for the recently deceased, we wanted to provide a few special options of where the family and friends can place the remains of their loved ones.

Scatter the ashes

One common option is to scatter the ashes in a special place. Whether this is a beach or a location that was special to the departed. Just make sure that it isn’t illegal in the area you might have in mind.

Buried with a special marker

Some choose to bury the cremated remains and memorialize the one they lost with a headstone or something a little more unique such as a bench where they can sit and reflect on the memories that they cherish.


Columbariums have become very popular over the years and for good reason. It gives the nes who are grieving a place to visit, helps to save space at cemeteries, and is architecturally beautiful.


Cremated remains are also able to be entombed in a mausoleum. These are magnificent structures that can be very personal for the family and will stand the tests of time.

Unique Memorial

Custom Granite Memorial Henderson Monument

There are a variety of memorials that can be created for the departed’s remains. Whether something that reflects the lifestyle of the one that has passed or resembles a small mausoleum that will hold their ashes.

Here at HGH Granite, we can help. We have been in the industry since 1929 and have worked on countless memorials.

We always make sure to create something that the families can cherish and remember the one that has moved on. Contact us today if you are in need of our granite services.

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