Please take a few moments to read the following explanation of our interment policies and the steps that make up the process. You may be surprised to find that coming to the cemetery to finalize the burial arrangements of your loved one is more of an involved process than you expected. Therefore, it is important for you to understand three things:
- The process is the same for everyone.
- It is not our intention to frustrate you during your time of loss.
- There are certain legal requirements and rules that must be met before a burial can take place.
Everything that we do is in the best interests of the families we serve and is aimed at giving you the best possible chance to carry out the permanent placement of your loved one without the possibility of future legal challenges. There are two primary issues that must be satisfied before an interment, entombment or inurnment can be completed at Calumet Park Cemetery. These two areas of concern are:
- Determine who has the legal right of final disposition.
- Determine who has the legal right to open a grave (interment), crypt (entombment) or niche (inurnment).
In most cases, relationships to the deceased are easily determined and the interment process is simply a matter of reviewing an interment order, going to the final resting place to assign or verify the space to be used for the committal of the loved one to (or selecting a final resting place when not already prearranged), signing the official paperwork, paying for items and services necessary to complete the burial and having any of your questions answered.
There are times when questions arise concerning these two issues. It is Calumet Park’s policy (in such circumstances when doubt as to who can do what arises) to get a court order allowing the interment to proceed. This is not a complicated process and your Family Service Counselor will assist you in this matter.
It is not comfortable or convenient to either party when a court order is requested. However, the task of the Family Service Counselor as a representative of Calumet Park Cemetery is to make certain that the interment is performed to meet your needs while complying with the legal requirements of the State of Indiana and the Federal Trade Commission, along with the rules governing the operation of Calumet Park Cemetery.
It should be noted that the question of who has the right of interment and the right to open a grave are laws that must be adhered to regardless of the cemetery or funeral home that you select. Although all such entities are expected to abide by the laws designed to protect the rights of the citizens of the State of Indiana, not all obey them as written. Calumet Park believes that the intent of the law as a means of protection for families and individuals during a time of loss far outweighs the disregard for such compliance for the sake of expediency, and does its utmost to follow the law even when not the most convenient to do so.
So please try to bear with us and be patient. Please understand that going through the process the way we do really is the best policy…for all concerned. We promise to take as little time as is necessary while helping you complete the interment process for your loved one. Please accept our condolences for your loss.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
For more information, call 769-8803 or visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com