Columbarium Prayer Garden
Peaceful garden. Eternal life.
The Good Shepherd Columbarium and Prayer Garden is a beautiful outdoor space for quiet times of prayer and reflection nestled in the busyness of La Crosse. It reminds us of the shortness of life. It is located on the southern spaces of the church campus, at the corner of Mormon Coulee and Birch St., with views of the bluffs.
The Columbarium helps us remember those who have gone before us. The angel in the center reminds us of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and God’s heavenly glory.
Statement of Faith
Scripture reminds us that we are dust and to dust we shall return and whether we live or whether we die we are the Lord’s. Held by the promise of the resurrection we know that the old has passed away and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). This prayer garden is an appropriate place to let the ashes of loved ones rest.
Community of Saints
As Christians, we know that we are connected to one another in life and in death. This garden is a reminder of the communion of Saints and the life of the world to come.
Whether you have a loved one in these gardens or not, may they be a reminder to you of the saints who have gone before us, the frailty of life, and God’s magnificent power through the resurrection.
Ashes to Ashes
Human ashes are often called cremains. In the Good Shepherd Columbarium and Prayer Garden, cremains are placed directly into a special structure which holds the ashes of departed loved ones. They are designed for housing a single urn or two urns side-by-side.