Alternatives to traditional hearse offered at Calumet Park Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home…

(Permission to use photos/name granted by family.)  Photos show an alternative choice for a funeral procession.  Traditionally, casketed loved ones are driven in funeral coaches, more commonly referred to as a hearse.  At Calumet Park Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home, a family may select a funeral coach, a horse and buggy or a Harley Hearse. 

 

The photos shown above were from the recent funeral of Pablo Arriaga.  Daughter, Iris Petroff, was very happy with the uniqueness of a horse drawn carriage to carry her father to church and then to his final resting place.  The services were handled by Violeta de la Torre-Corona and Mike Poweska at the Hobart Funeral Chapel just north of County Line Orchard in Hobart.  The horse and buggy are owned and operated by Rob Poortenga.  Rob has volunteered his services for different veteran-related functions at Calumet Park Cemetery.  His company name is Hoof-n-Harness.

For information on prepanning a funeral, call Violeta at 219-940-3791 for Hobart or Michelle at 219-880-1141 for Rendina or Carrie at 219-736-5840 for Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville.  All have the use of any of the three means of moving a loved one to their final resting place contingent on availability on the day needed.  You can call Calumet Park Cemetery at 219-769-8803 for more information.

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Happy Easter to all…

Chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, baskets filled with  straw.

Are what we see in early Spring after the last wintry thaw.

Boiled eggs in colorful shells, Peeps of pink and yellow…

Easter bonnets and lacy dresses and bunny molds filled with Jello.

Is this what Easter has become –   what it is all about?

Or is it the rising of Christ that makes the stones want to shout.

It was on that morning Christ rose from the dead and gave life to all who have lived

That makes Easter Sunday so special for all, as all of our sins He forgives.

Just three days before, He was nailed to a cross; on his head was a crown of thorns.

And as the blood trickled down, the crowd down below seemed to show only scorn.

He forgave them all then, and He forgives us all now…

Heaven’s gates were unlocked, now that’s  a big wow!

So eat up your candy and play with your toys.

Find the joy of the season amidst all the noise.

The promise of heaven was fulfilled on that day

When the rock covering the tomb was pushed away.

Just say I believe, and eternity is yours

The crucified Christ opened heaven’s doors.

He gave you free will so choose as you may

Just remember that your future is about what you say.

Invite Jesus into your heart and your soul –

Let His mercy and grace fill your heart’s empty hole.

Simply ask Jesus to be your Savior and Lord

Rejection means something that you can’t afford.

So enjoy your candy and Sunday’s big feast

While remembering that Jesus dying defeated the Beast!

Happy Easter to all from Calumet Park Cemetery.

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March 28, 2018 · 7:42 pm

Benefits for veterans on YouTube…

Go to YouTube and enter Calumet Park Cemetery Benefits for veterans

Calumet Park Cemetery will be posting short informational videos on YouTube periodically.  Some videos that will be coming soon will be tours of the cemetery and of the three funeral homes:  Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on Taft in Merrillville (219-736-5840), Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on County Line Road between Portage and Hobart just north of the Apple Orchard (219-940-3791) and Rendina Funeral Home (219-980-11410) at the edge of Gary and Merrilliville on Cleveland.

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Kidney stones are no fun…

Kidney stones are an excruciatingly painful medical condition that can attack without warning. Once you have had a kidney stone you have an increased risk of recurrence. Several of my female patients have told me that the pain is worse than labor. Calcium stones make up the majority of kidney stones.

Calcium oxalate is made by your liver and is naturally occurring in your body. Developing stones may have no definitive cause but there are things that can increase your chance of having stones. They include personal or family history of stones, a high-protein and/or high salt diet, high sugar intake, nuts, chocolate, dehydration and obesity. Ingesting too much vitamin D can also increase your risk. Calcium oxalate crystals start to clump together to form stones. The crystals are very, very sharp and slice at the kidneys, the ureters, (the tubes that lead away from the kidney into the bladder) and the bladder itself.

Imagine small little paper cuts in those areas as the stones travel down the urinary tract that is filled with urine. That’s why small stones can cause excruciating pain. Symptoms include blood in the urine, urinating frequently in small amounts, the feeling of needing to urinate and unable to, pain in the back that can travel to the abdomen on either side, and lower abdominal pain.

Vomiting, nausea and sweating can also occur. Treatment includes IV fluids, pain meds, and anti-nausea medication if needed. If stones are so big they cause a blockage lithotripsy (ultrasonic shockwave therapy) can break the stone up into much smaller stones so they can pass. Surgery may also be an option.

Staying well hydrated is important. Foods that can promote kidney health and reduce the risk of stones are basil, apples, celery, and pomegranate. Vitamin B6 supplements have also proven helpful.

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Calumet Park Cemetery and Affiliates hold annual holiday party at Insbrook Country Club on February 3…

Kim (Hahn) Jones, Matt Hahn and Michelle Hahn at the annual Calumet Park holiday party…fun costumes on the ladies for Calumet Park’s 90th Anniversary.

A wonderful time of fine food, fellowship and laughter was had by all at this year’s holiday party.  The affair was held at Insbrook Country Club on Saturday night.  Enjoy the following pictures from the evening of appreciation for all the caring work that was performed in 2017. Click on any picture to enlarge.

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It costs how much to dig a grave?

 

 

For anyone who has had the responsibility of making cemetery arrangements for a loved one, the costs of opening and closing of a grave (O/C), a crypt or a cremation niche hits them like a slap in the face.  “To dig a grave, you want how much?” is often heard during a meeting to finalize the paperwork for a burial. “I’ll get my brothers and we’ll come dig the grave!”

There is a lot more to the opening and closing of a final resting place than just the digging of a grave.  Under the umbrella of “opening and closing”, the charges include administration and permanent record keeping.  It must be determined who has the ownership with accompanying right to open a grave,.  Permission to open the grave is only half of the process.  The second half is who has the rights of disposition for the human remains.  In other words, who is permitted by law to dispose of a human body.    Entering the interment particulars in the interment register, and maintaining all the legal records is included in the opening and closing fee.

At Calumet Park, a triple verification system is in place which means locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling in the interment space, the installation and removal of the lowering device, placement and removal of artificial grass and set up to allow for a safe burial site for both the family and friends attending a committal service and for the cemetery crew responsible for the burial.  When weather conditions permit, the costs for setting up and taking down of a tent is part of the O/C charges.

Upon the completion of a burial, the grave must be filled in immediately, and again a number of times until the dirt has settled.  Once the dirt has settled, and after tamping and re-grading of the topsoil, grass must be planted.  When markers are in place, they must be tended to which usually means removing and replacing to allow the grave to by prepared for the burial.  Finally, there is a pro-rated insurance that must be maintained for the cemetery for the protection of both the families served and the employees against any possible damage from equipment while processing the interment and financial protection should any person or persons be injured during the burial process.

A burial includes the digging of the grave, removing the dirt from the site (to be brought back after the interment is completed), the setting of a vault (outer protective receptacle into which the casket is placed), the lowering of the casket into the vault, filling in of the grave and grave completion process as described above.

The good news, if such a thing exists when considering all that goes into the O/C process, is that you can prearrange and freeze the price for the opening and closing of a grave.  Currently at Calumet Park, the price for an O/C is $2140 and can be prearranged with as little as 10% down and interest free monthly payments of $80.25 per month for 24 months.  Of course, we are an old fashioned company in that we will accept payment in full on credit cards, debit cards, personal check or actual cash.

It should be noted that there are no payment terms except payment in full when you find yourself in an immediate need situation and short of money.  A grave will not be opened without this fee paid at the time of need.  It is not the intent of cemeteries to require payment before burial.  The facts are that some people do not pay their bills, which puts an unfair burden on all the others who do pay.

Stop in today at Calumet Park Cemetery for more information or to prearrange an opening and closing for yourself or other loved one.  Call 219-769-8803 now to set up a personal meeting with one of our caring Family Service Counselor.  There is no obligation to get educated in regards cemetery and funeral arrangements.

 

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Do not lose hope – Spring is less than two months away

March 20 is the first day of Spring – warm weather is coming so have faith.

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Christmas is just around the corner…

Christmas is just around the corner…

By Daniel Moran

Depending on one’s perspective, Christmas can be a wonderfully happy time of year, or the holidays can be filled with sadness.  Celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus, should be a time to be filled with hope for eternity

For those who have lost a mom or a dad, a child, a spouse or friend in 2017, the joy of Christmas will be somewhat overshadowed by the sadness of such a loss.  But for those who truly believe in the grace and mercy of God, Christmas can be wonderful…even if someone you loved died.  For, you see, we all want to go to heaven but few of us want to do the things that are necessary to get there:  believe in Jesus and die.

I believe our date of death was pre-ordained.  We should all do the best we can each day since none of us know when we will depart this world.  We should all enjoy our favorite Christmas carols, and savor the flavor of candy canes and cookies.  We should all learn how to give without expectations, and learn how to graciously receive with a simple ‘thanks’.  All hearts seem a little more caring during the month of December.  When Nat King Cole sings ”chestnuts roasting on an open fire” or “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”, how can we not be transported to all of our yesteryears of love and family, surrounded by the smells of turkey and pie and, dare I say, fruit cake?

Those who have passed away, whether this past year or in years past, remembering the good times can help to balance out the sadness of their not being with us, in the flesh, this year.  Think of the special gift that had so much meaning that only that loved one would have known enough about you to give it to you.  Think of the hugs by a fireplace, or the sledding or skating that made any given Christmas in your life together  a Christmas to remember.

Nothing will ever take the place of those special people in your lives, nor should anything be so overpowering that those times could be replaced.  There is room in each of our hearts to look back at the first kiss from our mate, the first smell of our first baby, the 60th anniversary or the first anniversary with that someone special.  I believe that is one of the best benefits of being human.  God gave us the ability to feel with our hearts besides just feeling with our hands.  He gave us billions of storage cells in our brains where each special moment could be captured and pulled out as a memory when we need to feel good, even in our loss of a loved one.

Did you ever notice that a smell, or a song, or a sunset can take us right back to an important time in our lives?  My father’s favorite song was “Oh my Papa.”  That was sung back in the ‘50’s but to this day, when I hear it, I am immediately transported back to a time that Dad was holding my hand.  He did not spend his time saying I love you.  He lived his “I love you’s”.  Too bad I only had him for the first 11 years of my life.  Yet, though he is gone, his impact was such that, even in the many Christmas’s that have come and gone since he died, I still know him.  I still feel him.  I still love him and know that he is in heaven rooting for me.  And that is a good feeling.

So, yes, Christmas will be sad for many this year because of the loss of a special person in their life, but I ask all who read this article to cry your tears and offer your pain up to God.  Know that your heroes, your lost loves, your reasons for living are alive and sitting at the table of our Lord, just waiting for you to join them when your appointed time comes.  You will feel their presence when you pull good Christmas memories from your very smart brain.  Love the ones you are with and cherish the time that you have with your husband, or wife, or parent, sibling, children and friends.  There is lots of room left in your heart to store up great moments of joy so you will be able to give and get a spiritual hug whenever you need it.  It is up to you to build those precious moments that can be drawn upon as needed after a loved one is gone.

God bless you all and I pray for your happiness, good health and prosperity for the coming year.

 

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Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville hosts the 13th Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony …

Under the leadership of Carrie Evans (funeral home supervisor), Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Merrillville sponsored its 13th Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 2.  Along with her team of Raquel Santos, Teresa Dille, Greg Schafer, Marcia Ochoa, Sandy Ferris, Matt Hahn, Marilyn Kligler, Mike Poweska,  Mileva Savich, Richard Stake,  Rick Kalk, and Barb F. planned and executed a wonderful event.  Other participants were Kim Jones, Paul Vogel, Brant Vogel, Renee Wilson, Carolyn Moore, Sara and Matt Courtney, and the Merrillville H.S. Choral group.

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Thank you to all who attended this beautiful ceremony to honor those who have passed away and thanks to all those involved in the planning and perfectly executed service to the community.  Please remember that the birth of Jesus is the reason for the season and have a happy and healthy Christmas holiday.

For information on future events, call 219-769-8803.

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Angel Tree Lighting at Rendina Funeral Home on November 30 was a big success…

  Rendina Funeral Home, an affiliate of Calumet Park Cemetery, held its 3rd Annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Novembeer 30, 2017.  Lead by Funeral Home Supervisor, Michelle Hanrahan, the event was appreciated by all in attendance.  Approximately 60 guests enjoyed live music from Brant Vogel and Harpest Renee Wilson.  Michelle’s team of Greg Schafer, Teresa Dille and Marcia Ochoa worked hard to ensure that all guests would be comforted as they placed their angels upon the tree.  Paul Vogel offered and inspirational message for the holiday.  After the lights were lit, comfort finger food and sweet treats were shared as people enjoyed fellowship and good cheer.  If you missed the tree lighting, you may attend the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel Angel Tree lighting on Saturday, December 2.  Call 736-5840 for details.  Merry Christmas to all.

Greg and Michelle

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