BURIAL OF THE DEAD
The St. James Memorial Garden is located behind the sacristy north of the chapel. The Garden was built as a sanctified location to be used by communicants of St. James Episcopal Church and their immediate families for interment of their ashes (cremains) either in the ground or in a columbarium. There are diagrams of the Garden Plots and wall Niches in this booklet in addition to Subscription forms.
The Garden measures 50 feet east to west, and 25 feet north to south. A low brick wall with a centered altar marks the east end of the Garden. The Garden is appropriately landscaped to offer a quiet place for family and friends to gather in love and remembrance. To maintain a feeling of simplicity, beauty and dignity in the Garden, there will be no vases, flowers, emblems, or flags except during a commitment ceremony if the family so desires.
The brick wall is comprised of 8 sections, with each section containing 9 niches. Each niche is designed for two urns containing the cremains of two individuals. Attached to the granite exterior of each niche containing cremains is a bronze plaque with name and dates of birth and death of those interred. The cost of a niche subscription is $1500 which includes 2 urns and 2 bronze plaques. This can be made in 3 payments of $500: with $500 initially, and 2 payments of $500 at six month intervals.
The ground is divided into plots of one-square-foot each for those individuals choosing a plot instead of a niche. The names of those interred are located on individual bronze plaques attached to larger bronze plaques on the brick gate posts. The cost of a plot subscription is $400 which includes one bronze plaque. This can be paid in two installments of $200: with $200 initially, and one payment of $200 within six months.
OPERATION OF THE GARDEN
The Saint James Memorial Garden is designated as a registered corporation legally entitled to dispose of cremains and is licensed by the city of Fairhope as a cemetery. The Garden is managed by a Board of six or more members elected by the parish under the guidance of the Vestry. The Memorial Garden Board is responsible for keeping the financial records, assisting parishioners in choosing a Niche or a Plot, and providing for the maintenance of the Garden.