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rc10092013-104Cremation is a preparation, not a final step, in the process of a loved one’s final arrangements. While cremation grows in popularity, many people forget to think about what will happen to the cremated remains five, ten or even fifty years after the funeral service has passed. Riverside Cemetery is here to assist in this decision making process, provide options for permanent placement, help families to memorialize cremated loved ones, and maintain perpetual records of a life well lived.

An urn can be buried in a traditional grave space or on a family estate lot with a permanent marker to memorialize a loved one for generations to come. Burial provides a perpetual place of rest, assuring the security of your loved one’s remains while also offering a place for family and friends to visit in remembrance.


Middle Georgia’s first columbarium, completed in 2013, includes 162 niches to help memorialize your loved one and protect their cremated remains. Surrounded by the historic beauty of the cemetery, the columbarium is constructed of granite and brick, and is adjacent to Riverside’s lovely family estate lot areas. A historic Civil War Redoubt overlooks the columbarium.

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Cremation Garden

Our shaded cremation garden provides an in-ground burial option for cremated remains. The garden is terraced and landscaped on a hillside to provide an atmosphere of tranquility and semi-seclusion. Large trees shade the pathway winding across the hillside, adding a peaceful element. Memorial markers and benches can be added to the garden, and cremated remains may be encased in these benches or markers as well as buried on individual lots within the garden.

Scattering Garden & Rock of Remembrance

rememberancerock-imageRiverside Cemetery’s Scattering Garden and Rock of Remembrance offer a beautiful place to scatter your loved one’s remains. This area will never be developed, which provides you a permanent place to remember and visit your loved one’s remains. Plaques for our Rock of Remembrance are available for purchase as a perpetual memorial for those who are no longer with us.

Spaces Available – Pre-Plan Today

ColumbariumWhether you are considering cremation for a loved one or pre-planning for yourself, Riverside Cemetery has a large number of Mausoleum spaces available, or we can assist in the planning and construction of a personal mausoleum on your lot.

There are many advantages to pre-planning your arrangements including alleviating the stress of decision-making during a difficult time for your loved ones. Families often remark that this is the greatest gift a parent has left them. One of the first steps to pre-planning at Riverside Cemetery is scheduling a personal tour with the cemetery’s president or business manager. Having devoted their professional careers to Riverside for more than 60 combined years, they will guide you through the cemetery, offer helpful advice, shepherd the pre-planning process, and answer any questions.

Interactive Map

View an interactive map to see where the columbarium and Memorial Garden are located in Riverside Cemetery’s 125 rolling acres.

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If you are facing a funeral or simply looking to plan ahead, read more information about common topics regarding cemeteries and funerals.

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Contact us to schedule a tour of Riverside Cemetery and discuss pre-planning options.

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