Within the brick-walled garden at its west entrance, Christ Church Episcopal Parish Memorial Garden continues an age-old tradition by setting aside a peaceful place for the safekeeping of loved ones cremated remains on the grounds of their church.
The setting is intended to foster reflection, meditation, recollection & prayer in honor of those whose ashes are kept there. Please refer to the Symbols & Traditions brochure for more information on the garden
We welcome the cremated remains of parishioners and their family members. Others may be interred by special arrangement with the Rector.
You may select a wall niche or a place in the garden for the interment of your remains. Ashes interred in wall niches are placed in appropriate containers while remains for the gardens are placed in a biodegradable linen bag. Both are provided by Christ Church Episcopal Parish Memorial Garden.
The Christ Church Episcopal Parish Memorial Garden is a place of serenity and beauty, established in the tradition of the Episcopal Church for the needs of our Parish.
They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning.
We will remember them.
Planning is essential for the future. We are ready to assist you in making decisions in anticipation of or during a time of bereavement.
Contact the Memorial Garden Manager, at 503-636-5618 or via email with any questions or needs.
A Memorial Plaque including name and the year of birth and death of the interred will be placed over the wall niche or on the brick nearest the burial site in the Garden in commemoration of their life.
Contributions to support the care and maintenance of the Garden are always welcome so that it may be kept a beautiful place for the glory of God.
St. Fiacre’s Guild
The gardens are maintained by a guild of volunteer gardeners from the Parish, called St. Fiacre’s Guild. St. Fiacre himself was a Seventh Century saint who is regarded as the patron saint of all gardeners.