Columbariums are indoor or outdoor structures constructed of a number of small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns. These structures are often located within a mausoleum or chapel or can be free-standing.
If I'm going to be cremated, why would I want my remains to
be placed in a columbarium, interred, or scattered at the cemetery rather than scattered in a place of my choosing?
As long as it is permitted by local regulations, cremated remains can be scattered in a place that is meaningful to you. However, this can present a number of difficulties for your survivors. Some find it difficult to simply pour the mortal remains of a loved one onto the ground or into the sea. If you choose to have your cremated remains scattered somewhere, it is important to make your desires clear with the persons who will be doing so ahead of time.
Apart from the difficulty some may have with scattering your remains, obstacles may occur in the future that would prohibit your loved ones from visiting the location. If scattered in an anonymous, unmarked, or public place, access to this are may be restricted, developed, or any host of other situations in the future.
Remains are not easily collected once scattered; it is important to consider the location carefully. Having your remains placed or interred on a cemetery’s grounds ensures future generations have a place to go to remember. If you choose to have your remains scattered somewhere outside the cemetery, a memorial of some type is often allowed to be placed on cemetery grounds as a place to visit in the future.