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Cremation Gardens

There are many choices for cremation interment at Woodlawn.  Our Cremation Garden is a beautiful area filled with flower  beds that provide colour all through the year.  There is a waterfall, rock garden and formal flower beds.  In the Cremation Garden there are six options for interment.  The Cremation Lawn offers the more traditional interment style where the urn is placed in the ground.  A Cremorial is specially designed so that the urn is suspended safely below the ground surface but not in the ground.  The Columbarium walls have niches for above ground interment and the Domes offer the same style of interment but in a different area of the garden.  All these choices in the garden have room for two cremated remains.  The Heritage Estates are private columbaria with room for up to six cremation interments. The Scattering Gardens (no availability at this time) and the Ossuary provide for controlled scattering of cremated remains.

If you prefer a traditional headstone, Woodlawn offers upright cremation graves, traditional but smaller graves for cremation interment where a headstone can be placed.

Cremation interments can also be placed in family lots.  Although, family permissions and paperwork must be in place for this interment choice.

Prices vary according to your selection.  A beautiful color brochure, with current pricing is available on request.

 

Chapel Niches

In the historic Woodlawn Mausoleum there are three options for the interment of cremated remains. The chapel has heated floors and comfortable chairs. This area is comforting and comfortable year round. In the Chapel are glass fronted niches and solid bronze fronted niches. Urns and personal mementos can be seen through the glass. This is a showcase for beautiful sculptural urns. They provide a very personal memorial of the deceased. The urn cannot be seen through the solid front niches. Names are etched on the front covers.

The Medallion niches , also in the Mausoleum, have marble fronts and bronze memorialization, quite different from the other niches in the chapel. All the niches in the chapel offer space for two urns. However, some of the glass fronted niches are larger and have room for several urns.

The Woodlawn Mausoleum and Chapel were built by the Canada Mausoleum Company. The classic design and expert workmanship stirs the same awe and admiration today as it did when the dedication and opening took place in 1930. The chapel has a beautiful marble interior. The ornamental plaster ceiling has been hand painted in shades of green, gold, pink and gray to emphasize the beauty of the leaves and berries in the design. The Woodlawn Chapel received honorable mention from the Guelph Arts Council Heritage Awards in 1998 for detailed restoration.

The stained glass was designed and assembled by James Blomfield (1872-1951), one of Canada’s top glass artists from 1895 to 1930. There are three large windows in the Mausoleum and four smaller pieces. Full of rich colors and intricate pattern, each is a detailed and beautiful work of art.

The small, intimate chapel is heated in the colder months. The marble walls and soaring ceilings assure any visitor cool comfort in summer. There are armchairs and benches for your convenience as you will want to stay awhile in this beautiful quiet space. The Mausoleum is open to the public weekdays from 8 to 4.

Scattering Garden ~ no availability at this time.

The Pine Ridge Scattering Garden is designated for the scattering of cremated remains in Woodlawn is within the Cremation Garden.  It is in a beautiful natural area, close to falling water and ancient trees. The use of a dedicated area assures the site will not be developed for other use at some future time and it provides a focal point, not only for present day survivors, but also for future generations, for family and friends.

Scattering is a non retrievable form of disposition. Memorialization at the specific site is not available.  A shared marker is available in the scattering garden at the foot of the waterfalls or you may prefer to select a personal type of memorialization such as a tree, a placement in a dedication bed or another perennial that can be planted in an available area.

Woodlawn Crematorium

The Crematorium in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph was opened in 1984. The Cremation chamber is located behind and on the lower level of the Mausoleum.  The traditional chapel in the Mausoelum provides intimate surrounding for cremation services and its unique design allows the symbolic "lowering" of the casket to the cremation rooms below.  The chapel offers comfortable arm chairs if family members wish to be near and present as the cremation takes place.  The chapel is heated in winter and cool in the summer.  There is a CD player for your convenience, should you wish to play favourite music while you are there.  There are two cremation machines in the Crematorium.

The Woodlawn Crematorium operation surpasses the highest industry standards.  We are member of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals (OACFP) and the Funeral Services Association of Canada (FSAC).  The members of our staff are also members of your community.  They are professionally trained crematorium operators who carry out their duties in an exceptional manner to ensure sensitive cremation services are performed for your family.

Cremation Urns & Vaults

Although a utility urn is provided with the return of cremated remains from Woodlawn Crematorium, some families choose to purchase a different urn for their use.

A personalized urn is a distinctive and lasting tribute. Almost any urn can be personalized. A name, family information, phrases and, in some cases, scenes and photographs can make even a simple urn all the more special.

You will find a unique selection of artistic urns on display in the Woodlawn office. In metal, cloisonne, bronze or made of pottery, you'll be sure to find just the right urn for your family in our catalogues or on display. There are many creative urns already in place in the glass Chapel niches in the Woodlawn Mausoleum. There you can see how other families have personalized their tribute and remembered a loved one in their own unique way.

From under $100 to urns that may cost more than a thousand, a cremation urn is a meaningful purchase that we would be pleased to assist you with at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Feel free to come in and ask us how you can personalize the black plastic utility urn that is returned to you with the cremated remains. Many families use these urns at the service and some have made these plain urns very special indeed. We can help.

Urn vaults, a box sometimes used to protect the urn or to hold family mementos, can be purchased at the Woodlawn Office. Please inquire.

Woodlawn Memorial Park

News and events

It is our 160th year

We are looking for information on former Superintendents and pictures of the same for our archives.

Our keepers were;

Samuel Calver 1854,69-82, William Haskins 1855-56, George Bates 1855-56, William Snelling 1856-57, George Canham 1857-61, Barnabus Gibson 1861-68 and his son William Gibson 1868-69, Peter Gokey 1883-1907, George L. Steele 1907-21, John T. Crosby 1921-42, Ross Armitage 1942-65, John Penrice 1966-70, J.W Clements Hanna 1970-80.

If you have any information or historical pictures and are willing to share, please contact the Cemetery Office 519-822-1271.

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Furry Friends

Woodlawn Memorial Park is open to all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts but we ask that while you enjoy the beauty within our gates that you remember to keep furry friends on a leash.
Thank you~

Posted 15 weeks ago

Woodlawn Memorial is proud to be a member of:
OACFP  •  CANA  •  FSAC
Guelph Naturalists  •  Guelph Historical Society

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