By Liz Sullivan
They are as much a part of cemeteries as grave markers, flowers and grass.
Mausolea; the Latin plural of mausoleum.
Santa Clara Mission Cemetery (SCMC) is getting ready to begin construction on the St. Ignatius Outdoor Mausoleum Complex. St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus, aka Jesuits, and the cemetery is run by the Santa Clara Jesuit Community.
This new complex will feature an assortment of outdoor internment options, including 1,104 above ground crypts, 894 cremation niches, 18 granite cremation benches, 50 children and 53 mercy plots and the cemeteries first-ever cremation burial garden.
For those choosing cremation, the cremation burial garden will have about 250 urn burial spaces nestled in a lush, park-like setting featuring native plants, flowers and trees. Designed as a peaceful reflection area blending “back-to-nature” memorial options set along a meandering walking path, this area will be a special spot for quiet contemplation and remembrance for family and friends.
Other key features include a mixed-use shelter for committal rights, reflection and education areas, onsite parking and a Santa Clara University Alumni Memorial Wall.
The history of mausolea at SCMC goes back many years. In the 1930’s, the cemetery completed its first indoor mausoleum. Over the decades, both indoor and outdoor mausolea were built to meet the needs of the community. Saint Joseph Mausoleum, completed in 1997, is now 80 percent sold, thus the need for a new mausoleum.
The mausoleum is scheduled to open in late summer 2016 and will enable the cemetery to better serve the evolving needs of the community and their families.
To learn more about the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, visit www.SantaClaraMissionCemetery.org or call 408-296-4656.