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Memorialization

Ways to leave a mark

At Lakewood, memorialization refers to all the ways that a specific life can be honored, in perpetuity, on our grounds.  It typically means marking the dates of birth and death and the name of the individual so that future generations can see—and remember—who and what has been lost. 

 

Memorialization can be as simple as an engraved plate or as elaborate as a giant monument. It can mark the spot of ashes or a casket or can evoke the presence of an individual who was put to rest someplace else. 

 

When ashes are scattered in water or the wind, for example, or rest in an urn on a shelf, there is often no special space for loved ones to return to…  no physical place that the life has been marked.  Memorializing the details of each human life helps us remember their place in history—and our hearts.

Memorial Properties

:  A memorial property is a space intended as a final resting place.  At Lakewood, we offer families the means of providing a lasting tribute to their deceased loved one with a variety of options that further enhance their legacies. Learn more about the types of memorial properties we offer below.

Columbarium

Lakewood’s Memorial Columbarium Wall is an outdoor columbarium located along the northwest side of the cemetery with views of Lake Calhoun. It houses nearly 200 outdoor niches for cremated remains.

 

 

Crypts

For those who choose above-ground entombment but prefer an outdoor setting, Lakewood's garden crypts offer a beautifully landscaped setting with views of the surrounding gardens. Each crypt features a granite exterior.

 

Suitable for

Cremation

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Burial

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Lots

Lakewood Cemetery has more than 200 acres of traditional lots available in a variety of locations at various prices.

Single grave lots feature a bronze or granite marker with the name/dates of the person buried there. Family lots, sometimes called monument lots, may contain as few as two or three graves or several dozen. Each family lot has its own distinguishing monument, and markers may be placed at the gravesite of individual members.

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Burial

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Markers

A memorial marker lists the name, birth and death dates for the person buried in a grave. It provides a lasting link to departed loved ones - one that future generations can visit and remember. Lakewood offers a choice of granite or bronze markers in a variety of styles, or you can choose to have our skilled designers create a custom pattern for you. The photos on this page represent samples of just some of the markers we offer.

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Burial

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Memorial Wall

The Memoriam Wall is located inside Lakewood Cemetery's Garden Mausoleum. It features memorial plaques that can be inscribed with names and dates, in memory of those whose remains may be elsewhere.

Suitable for

When a loved one's remains are elsewhere

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Mausoleums

Lakewood’s Memorial Community Mausoleum is a comfortable, indoor option for year-round visiting. Designed in the Modernist-style, the building is a blend of enduring Minnesota granite, bronze and steel, decorated in Impressionist-style paintings, Italian marble, crystal chandeliers, mosaics and 24 large stained glass windows. The interior is a comfortable combination of warm wood paneling and tasteful furnishings.The mausoleum contains more than 3,000 crypts in corridors or semi-private alcoves. Each crypt is a chamber that holds one or two caskets.

Suitable for

When a loved one's remains are elsewhere

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Monuments

Upright monuments are a lasting tribute to a family. Lakewood can help you choose a monument if you have purchased a lot that allows for one. We offer many types and designs, including customized designs.

What is a Monument Lot?
At Lakewood, monuments can be placed on double or family-size lots (two or more graves), depending on the location of the lot you choose in the cemetery. Only one central or family monument is allowed on a monument lot. Individual markers (with names and dates) may be placed at the grave sites of each family member within the lot.

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Cremation

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Burial

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Niches

Lakewood’s newest option for cremation, features 4,000 cremation niches in a contemporary addition to Lakewood’s landscape.

Suitable for

Cremation

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Plaques

Located in the lower level of Lakewood’s beautiful Memorial Mausoleum, the Tree of Remembrance is an artistic expression of memories. Its branches extend from a base and hold the names of more than 500 people on individual bronze plaques. Each name represents a leaf on the tree -- a life to be remembered.

Suitable for

Cremation

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Scattering

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Cremation

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Urns

A cremation urn is a container used to hold cremated remains. Lakewood requires a permanent cremation urn for entombment in niches (compartments inside a columbarium).

Lakewood can help you choose from a large variety of urn shapes, colors and materials including bronze, stainless steel and marble. Some materials, such as bronze, can be engraved.

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Cremation

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Vaults

An urn vault is a container that is placed in a grave to hold the urn. Urn vaults protect the urn from the elements, and help keep the ground above from sinking in over time.

Urn vaults are available in a variety of materials and some can be customized with an emblem or engraving. You also have the option of placing memorabilia in the urn vault with the urn. Lakewood offers many vault choices, however in the case of Doric, we do not permit the Revere Urn Vault. In the case of Wilbert, we do not permit the Salute UV or the Universal.

Suitable for

Cremation

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Vaults (Burial)

Lakewood offers a selection of several different Doric Burial Vaults . A well respected name in the industry, Doric vaults are known for their handsome designs, excellent construction and outstanding durability. The difference in price depends largely on the level of durability, the look and length of warranty you choose. Vaults come in a variety of colors, and can be ordered in any custom color.

What is a Burial Vault?
A burial vault is a durable container inserted into a grave to protect the casket. Lakewood requires a burial vault (or concrete grave liner) to give the ground above an even appearance and help reduce the chance of a visitor tripping on sunken ground when walking in the cemetery.

Convenient and Affordable at Lakewood Cemetery
Lakewood can help you choose a burial vault or a concrete grave liner (a grave liner is a lightweight version of a burial vault). Financing is available, and all proceeds from sales are used to maintain Lakewood’s grounds and facilities to keep Lakewood beautiful and well groomed in all seasons.

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Burial

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