Discover New Mexico’s Most Unique
Since 1954, Santa Fe Memorial Gardens has been a perpetual care cemetery serving all denominations
in the community and is one of the most unique and beautiful cemeteries in New Mexico.
Tim Rivera purchased the cemetery in 2006 and began the beautification of the existing cemetery property
and several years later broke ground on the Trail of Memories Cremation Garden.
In addition to the beautification, a new irrigation system and over fifty trees were planted and numerous gardens established. In 2015 new cremation columbariums were opened including the Cascading Water Courtyard Niches and the Kiva Acequia Niches.
The cemetery is a natural garden with waterfalls, fountains as well as sculptures from some of Santa Fe’s most famous artists. Santa Fe Memorial Gardens also offers green burial and scattering of cremated remains. Santa Fe Memorial Gardens is a sacred place “Campo Santo” where artistic and personal expression is encouraged to honor each person’s unique story.
The Chapel of Light
Santa Fe’s new Chapel of Light is a signature architectural
structure that is a nondenominational chapel suitable
for the needs of Santa Fe’s growing and diverse population.
The Chapel of Light is a unique sacred space and venue for life celebrations, gatherings, memorial and funeral services that embodies both the unique architectural and spiritual cultural diversity of Santa Fe.
It was designed to be a circular sacred space that is appropriate for all religious faiths as well as families who are nonreligious and everyone in between. The chapel has a Native American architectural influence that is often described as a Kiva and is at the same time modern. The only decoration is the “Flower of Life” sculpture below the skylight that filters the sunlight from the ceiling.
The Chapel of Light is a special place that allows families to create an experience that honors the cycle of life and death. For the first time in Santa Fe, families will be able to do everything in one place including services, ceremonies, receptions, burial, inurnment or the scattering of ashes in our cremation gardens.