Cremated 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 Columbarium, which provides indoor comfort in an historic setting. Bellefontaine also offers garden burial among the flowers in our Wildwood Valley gardens. For a sampling of listings and pricing, for these options 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 $6,000, 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 a niche.
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.
Prices for niches at Lakeside are $4,000 for a single right of interment, and $5,500 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 $5,500 for two.
Flameless Cremation offers many of the environmental benefits of green burial. The process uses water instead of flame, expending 85% less energy than traditional cremation. Using a combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity, flameless cremation accelerates the natural breakdown of the body creating ashes for inurnment or burial. This process mirrors what naturally happens during a green burial, but in a period of 10-12 hours instead of several years.