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What is a Memory Garden?

The West Des Moines Christian Church Memory Garden is a place that provides a beautiful and tranquil space for meditation and spending time in memory of a family member or friend. Memorial Markers and Memory Bricks provide a respectful place for a deceased’s cremated remains and a place for Church members and their families to go to meditate and/or spend time in memory of their family member or friend. The Memory Garden is located between the Fellowship Hall/Sanctuary buildings and the Sanctuary/Gym buildings of the Church.

What is a Memorial Marker?
A Memorial Marker is a limestone marker under which one (or two) deceased’s cremated remains (cremains) will be sprinkled or placed. The dimensions of the limestone marker will be 18 inches x 18 inches, with space for one or two names. The cost of a Memorial Marker is $900, which includes engraving of one name. Engraving of a second name is an additional $400. Payment in full is required. A portion of the cost of Memorial Markers is tax deductible. You will receive a receipt indicating the tax deductible amount following payment. Eligibility for Placement of Memorial Markers: Current and former members of West Des Moines Christian Church and their immediate families (grandparents, parents, spouses, children including step-children, the spouses of children, and grandchildren). What is a Memory Brick? A Memory Brick is a standard clay 8 inch x 4 inch paving brick used to honor or memorialize a loved one and/or friend. Current and former members of West Des Moines Christian Church and their immediate families are eligible to purchase Memory Bricks. The cost of a Memory Brick is $130, which includes engraving. Only one name per brick is allowed. Payment in full is required. A portion of the cost of Memory Bricks is tax deductible. You will receive a receipt indicating the tax deductible amount following payment. Memorial contributions to the Memory Garden Fund can be made at any time to honor a loved one.

How Can I Learn More?
Contact the Memory Garden Trustees through the West Des Moines Christian Church office at (515) 223-1639.

Memory Garden Board of Trustees
• Diane Coop • Bonnie McElroy • Ron Townsend
Call (515) 223-1639 to obtain a packet containing required forms and to make an appointment with a Memory Garden Trustee.

West Des Moines Christian Church - 4501 Mills Civic Parkway - West Des Moines, IA 50265 - 515.223.1639