Designing a Funeral or Memorial for Cemeteries in Columbia, TN

Polk Memorial Gardens provides families from all walks of life a place for honoring and remembering those who have gone before us. We help in honoring the lives of their loved ones as well as to help them express their grief through permanent memorialization.

We have years of experience caring for families and each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession and have the highest integrity and standards.

Our memorial garden is simply the best, due to its serene peaceful like setting and subdued road noise. Mobility through the park has been made safe and convenient with it's level graded land. We understand the importance of being able to visit a loved one, even when age or mobility becomes more difficult. This is why our the level and uniform grounds are so important.

Polk Memorial Gardens was originally founded by Ed Phillips and associates in 1953. It was then purchased by Alan Blevins and family in 1984. Alan continues the growth and development of the park like settings to this day. Such as the building of side walks, planting trees, and additional garden options. He also planned and designed all  major enhancement to the cemetery such: as the chapel mausoleum, the praying hands garden mausoleum, and most recently the Arbors at Polk Memorial. 

For more information about our services and what we can offer, you can send us a message via our contact form. If you have immediate need of us, please call (931) 388-1803.

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Funeral or memorial services provide an occasion where family and friends can gather to honor and remember the life and times of a fallen loved one. It is a closing ceremony of sorts, where all can come to grieve together and know they are not alone in their loss and heartache. This support is particularly important for those closest to the person who has died. That’s why designing a quality funeral and burial service for cemeteries in Columbia, TN is an essential part of the healing process.

But how exactly do you plan a funeral or memorial service? Truth be told, there is no right or wrong way. It is largely a matter of preference. However, there are some best practices that are helpful to consider when planning and conducting a tribute service for the deceased.

A caring funeral director can be a boon of support to you and your family as you lay your best plans for a final farewell. They will act as a guide as you navigate the process. With their help, much of the preparation will occur behind the scenes once you have made your wishes known.

There are several points that they will help you evaluate as you begin to plan a funeral or memorial service. These details largely revolve around two things: What should be done with the deceased’s body, and how should they be honored and remembered.


Disposition of Remains

Death care involves planning the final resting state and place of the deceased. There are traditional methods, as well as alternative methods. There is no wrong way to disposition a deceased loved one.

  • Traditional Burial involves opening a grave plot with the fallen placed in a casket and vault or liner in the earth. The grave is then closed and a monument or marker is placed at the burial site. An above-ground burial in a mausoleum or sepulcher is another traditional means of dispositioning the remains.
  • Natural or “Green” Burial is similar to a traditional burial, with the exception that it does not involve embalmment, expensive casket purchase, or even a headstone if unwanted. People who wish their death and burial proceedings to be more environmentally gentle are often drawn to this increasingly available burial style.
  • Cremation is an alternative disposition style that uses flame and heat to accelerate the deterioration of the body to its basic elements of matter. The remaining ash can be containerized in an urn and buried or placed in a columbarium niche. Families may also choose to keep the ashes at home, or to scatter them in a peaceful place.
  • Flameless Cremation is a relatively new alternative method of caring for mortal remains. It uses pressure and heat to reduce the body to an elemental liquid state and bone fragments. The remains are rinsed and fragments are processed for uniformity and containerized, similar to a standard cremation. It is formally called alkaline hydrolysis, and is not widely available.

Remembering a Life

However, you choose to honor the life of your loved one is up to you and your family. For some, it may be tempting to skip the cost of a funeral and memorial service for cemeteries in Columbia, TN. But therapists and grief counselors agree on their importance to healing and adjusting to life without the presence of your loved one.

You can hold a funeral or memorial service anywhere you’d like. It’s common to hold them in a funeral chapel, a house of worship, a private location, a civic hall, an outdoor venue, etc. The service can include religious elements if that is important to the deceased or family. It can also avoid religion altogether if that is preferable. The occasion itself can be conducted as a meeting with speakers and music. Or it can be less formal, held as a gathering party celebrating a life well-lived. The options are seemingly endless.

Whatever you choose, it’s a good idea to plan a service that is unique and personalized around the life and story of the deceased. People attend funerals for not for ritual or ceremony, but for the relationship they share with the fallen and their family. They want to remember them in the context of how they knew and loved the deceased in life. For many mourners, an impersonal funeral filled with pageantry or formality can be off-putting, or even hurtful. As you plan, avoid losing sight of why you are holding a funeral or memorial service in the first place. Other traditions will fall into place.


Supportive Cemeteries in Columbia, TN

At Polk Memorial Gardens, our funeral care professionals understand the diverse needs of the community. It is our greatest honor to support families in their moment of need. Whether you need funeral care or cemeteries services in Columbia, TN, let us be your support. Our offices are found at 6465 Trotwood Ave Columbia, TN 38401. Call today at (931) 388-1803.

Cemetery FAQs

What are the choices for ground burial?

We provide families with many in-ground burial options, including large family estate lots, multiple space lots and single grave spaces. Depending on the needs of the family, there are many areas throughout the cemetery to choose.

Click here to learn more about our in-ground burial options.


Why planning ahead is important?

Pre-planning is a matter of taking the time to think about – and record – your end-of-life desires. It’s a thoughtful gesture to those you love, and a way to let go of anxieties about the future. Once done, you can relax, knowing your plans are in the hands of reliable friends or family. Members of our Team explain what planning in advance is and why it can be helpful to a family.


Do you have a guide on how to proceed with pre-planning?

Yes we do have and in fact, you can get a free final wishes planner today. It is easy to complete and takes you step by step through the process of gathering vital statistics your family will need when a death occurs. Click here to get your free copy.