Raymond C. Wixson Memorial Garden
Ray Wixson served the Gilford Community Church for 20 years, from 1976 to 1996. During his time, he had many visions for the church and the community. His final vision included a Memorial Garden for the interment of cremains. The garden is organized and maintained by the church in memory of Ray.
Who is eligible for the interment in the Memorial Garden?
Anyone wishing to inter the cremains of a loved one. They must be willing to abide by the policies for interment and the marking of graves as established by the Memorial Garden Committee.
Where does one make arrangements for the bronze plaque?
For consistency of the Garden's appearance, the plaques are to be ordered from The Laconia Monument Company (603-524-4675). The Plaques for the Veteran's area are provided by the Federal Government.
May spouses be interred with the veteran in the Veteran's Area of the Garden?
Yes. Two sites may be purchased; the front one for the veteran and the back one for the spouse.
May more than one person's ashes be interred in one site?
Yes, however, two sites must be purchased to accommodate the bronze plaque for the second person. There would be an additional charge for the second opening of the site and the setting of two plaques.
May we put flowers on the individual sites?
In order to preserve the appearance of the Memorial Garden, individual flowers or other mementos are not permitted at sites. The Garden is a place of simple beauty where every season is a reminder of nature's gifts.
May sites be transferred to another party?
Sites may be transferred with the approval of the Memorial Garden Committee.
What is the role of the funeral home?
Arrangement for cremation and interment will be made through the funeral home. If a site has been pre-arranged, the funeral home director will make arrangements for the opening and closing of the grave. If a site has not been pre-purchased, the family will make an appointment with a member of the Memorial Garden Committee to come to the Garden and choose a site.
May memorial gifts be made to the Memorial Garden?
Gifts in memory of an individual may be made to the Garden. Gifts of three hundred dollars or more will be noted on the Gifts plaque in the Garden.
When will the Garden be open for interments?
The Memorial Garden is open for interments from May 1st to November 1st each year.
Memorial Garden Policies
The policy regarding the interment of ashes is as follows:
The grave will not be opened to receive ashes until it has been confirmed by Laconia Monument that the plaque has been ordered.
The ashes may be interred in one of three ways:
1. Directly into the opening
2. Contained in an urn purchased from the funeral home.
3. Placement of the urn into a cement vault (not exceeding a cube of 14") which can be purchased from the funeral home.