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Cremation remains may be interred at any site that is available for traditional burials. In addition, niches for placing urns with cremated remains are available at our open-air Lakeside Columbarium or in the simple elegance of the Hotchkiss Chapel, which provides indoor comfort in an historic setting. Bellefontaine also offers in-ground scattering in several natural settings within the cemetery. Finally, there are a limited number of cremation bench and boulder locations available, primarily located near our lakes and the stream that runs between them. For a sampling of listings and pricing, please visit our interactive map.
Designed by Eames and Young and completed in 1909, Hotchkiss Chapel was named in honor of the designer and first superintendent of Bellefontaine Cemetery, Almerin Hotchkiss. A complete renovation of the historic chapel was completed in 2009. A columbarium for cremated remains was added, and includes 600 wooden and glass niches. The chapel is available for memorial services before or after an interment.
Prices for niches at Hotchkiss Chapel range from $3,500 to $5,700, depending on wood versus glass fronts, and whether for one or two persons. Our staff can assist you in selecting cremation urns for placement in the niche.
Lakeside Columbarium in Wildwood Valley
Responding to the public’s increasing preference for cremation, Bellefontaine established its second cremation offering: Lakeside Columbarium. The Columbarium, set between Cascade and Cypress Lakes in Wildwood Valley, has a fountain, flowing pools, and an arbor with benches for contemplation. Niches are on the outside walls, overlooking the lakes, stream, and surrounding landscape. As part of our Master Plan, we are in the midst of adding more gardens and walks, as well as lake and stream overlooks.
Prices for niches at Lakeside are $4,000 for a single right of interment, and $5,200 for two.
Garden Cremation in Wildwood Valley
Our garden wall will provide a unique memorialization option for those opting for cremation burial among the gardens in Wildwood Valley.
Cremation burial spaces in Wildwood Valley Gardens begin at $4,000 for a single right of interment, and $5,200 for two.
Other Cremation Options
While above-ground scattering is not permitted in most areas throughout the cemetery, you may choose to in-ground scatter ashes in place of an urn burial in most locations throughout the cemetery.
For those looking for a more natural setting for cremation interment, in the near future we will also offer in-ground scattering in Evergreen Glen, located next to our newly established green burial area, Evergreen Meadow. These areas are being developed in accordance with Bellefontaine’s desire to be environmentally sensitive, and to offer options that meet the needs of our customers. For more information, see Green Burial Options.