Greenwood Cemetery offers a number of choices for a cremation interment. In all areas of the cemetery we allow two cremations per grave space or a combination of one cremation and one traditional in-ground burial per grave space.
One choice for interment is a Columbarium (a mausoleum for cremation entombment). The purchase of a columbarium niche includes room for two urns (must be appropriatly sized), bronze lettering and floral plantings by the cemetery.
One of our newest sections is our scattering garden. Loved ones may scatter cremains here at no charge. There is a charge to record the name and genealogical information at the cemetery office if so desired. A granite tablet can be used as a memorial to your loved one by placing an inscription on the granite located next to the garden. This garden looks over the bluff to a grand view of Little Traverse Bay.
For those who would like their loved one scattered in our garden but are unable to do it themselves, we offer the service of scattering the cremains at no charge. If desired we will also arrange for a clergyman to have a short service. We believe that having your loved one in a beautiful setting with their name in our cemetery records and inscribed into the granite tablet will mark their final resting place and provide a 'place' for loved ones to visit in years to come.
Thoughts about Scattering.
Greenwood Cemetery believes it is vitally important to inter cremations in a cemetery rather than scatter the remains elsewhere. Because of our work with genealogists and our role as keepers of history we know it is important for future generations to have a place to 'go' to remember a relative - sometimes a relative they have never met in life.
The cemetery is a resource for genealogy research since it provides a recorded history of our lives for future generations. With this in mind, some families have chosen to memorialize their loved ones here at the cemetery even though scattering elsewhere has already taken place.