Cremation Memorialization

Cremation does not eliminate the funeral. Regardless of the order of events, funeral ceremonies can help the bereaved begin to overcome grief by emotionally accepting that a death has occurred. This period offers family and friends the opportunity to honor their departed loved one.  
Prior to cremation, you may wish to have visitation and a funeral ceremony complete with the body of the deceased in a casket. Following the services, the body can be escorted to the crematory where the family may be present for the two- to three-hour process. Memorialization can follow at the family gravesite, scattering garden or a cemetery columbarium niche.  
If cremation precedes any services, the cremated remains are usually placed in an urn, that will be in a place of prominence during memorial services. This urn is then taken to its final resting place.  
Just as important as the funeral is a permanent place of memorialization. Every year thousands of descendants from around the world visit this cemetery doing genealogical research to locate a distant relative from three or four generations ago and to honor their memory with flowers. In future years, descendents will visit the memorials of those interred, today and tomorrow.

Columbarium Niches

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In response to the growing number of cremations conducted within Central Kentucky, The Lexington Cemetery has increased the number of columbarium niches for memorialization.

Columbarium niches can be found at The Lexington Mausoleum and in the lower level of the Main Office Building.

In 2009, two new columbarium niche rooms were added to the Lexington Mausoleum providing additional niches and intimate chapel spaces for services.

Columbarium niches are available in glass, bronze or marble.

Scattering Garden


On The Lexington Cemetery grounds is a special garden for people interested in scattering the cremated remains of their loved one. There are bronze plaques which bear the names and dates of the individuals who are scattered within the garden.

 Scattering Garden

Niche Benches


For those who prefer a natural outdoor location as a permanent resting place, another option is a niche bench. The benches are aesthetically pleasing with locations available near lakes, gardens, surrounding trees or other areas in the beautifully landscaped cemetery.


Cremation Boulders

Boulder 200px.jpg Our cremation boulders provide a nature-like option to memorialize cremated remains.  Cremation boulders come in unique designs resembling large rocks.  These natural-looking monuments are positioned in the midst of the beauty of garden settings in the historic national arboretum.

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urn 210.jpg Urns are receptacles into which cremated remains are placed. The Lexington Cemetery offers many kinds of urns that vary in size, style and composition. Choice often depends on where the urn will eventually be located. Urns range in style from a simple square or rectangle, to a symbolic book shape, to a traditional Grecian design. They are composed of hand crafted cast bronze, sheet bronze, marble, cultured marble and pre-formed concrete for below ground placement. Some urns are multi-chambered to accommodate the remains of more than one person.

Keepsake Memorial Keychains

keychains 210px.jpg A hand-carved Keepsake Memorial Keychains will allow you to carry and honor your loved one wherever you go.

Available in Cherry, Oak, Walnut, Maple and acrylic.