Calumet Park thanks all who visited the park this weekend to pay their respects. Thousands of cars passed through the gates over the weekend with people coming out to remember their lost loved ones.
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What is 20′ x 30′ and flies 80 feet in the sky? Answer, the new flag flying over the entrance to Calumet Park Cemetery … 80 foot flagpole and huge flag … we salute all Americans! For Memorial Weekend, the following are specially priced: 25% off the Veteran Memorial Columbarium, 25% off the new Meditation Pond Columbariums (see pictures above), 25% off a new private mausoleum on a pond with a fountain next to the original community mausoleum, 25% off specific graves (ask a Family Service Counselor to show them to you…new sections, 50% off all selections in the Black Monument/bronze flush marker section, and 15% off all monuments and markers. We can deliver to any cemetery in NW Indiana.
For more information, call 219-769-8802
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.
Calumet Park Cemetery honored area veterans at the annual Veterans Day Commemoration on November 11. Rev. Drummond opened the ceremony with a prayer and some thoughts on what it means to be a veteran.
Calumet Park salutes all veterans from the past, the present and into the future. For information on the veteran program for pre-need at Calumet Park, stop in at the cemetery office or call 219-769-8803.
Watch this space to see when the new columbarium project will be available for sale. A columbarium is a bank of niches that are designed as permanent placement of the cremains of a loved one after cremation. Each of these spaces will accommodate the ashes of either one or two cremains. The personal information will go on the black granite niche fronts. There are 160 individual niches. They are set between the bridge at the Meditation Pond and the gazebo. During the spring, summer and early fall seasons there is a fountain in the pond which will offer a quiet place of contemplation and remembrance for families that choose this new addition to Calumet Park Cemetery’s constantly growing inventory of peaceful and beautiful final resting places for our departed ones.
There will be a stream surrounding the Columbariums with a waterfalls and bridges to get to this small but beautiful island paradise.
For information on this or any of the many wonderful choices for the cremation-oriented families that we serve, please call 219-769-8803 or stop in for a tour of the new facility.
First annual Fall Festival a huge success at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel on County Line Road in Hobart just north of County Line Orchard. More pics added.
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart on Country Line Road held its first annual Trunk or Treat Fall Festival on October 21. Free pumpkins, face painting, games, prizes, hot dogs, drinks and popcorn (provided thanks to IMAX in Portage), and 15 local business with open trunks for trick or treating made for a wonderful couple of hours. A great time was had by all who worked to make it a success and for those who came for the fun. A special thanks to Violet de la Torre-Corona and Mike Poweska for organizing the event and to Bethany Music for providing all the pics shown below. Misti Ferkull and Sandy Ferris greeted everyone at the check in table and students from Portage High School and Crown Point High School helped with the games. A number of other CPC employees worked hard to ensure that great memories could be made including Matt Hahn, Michelle Hanrahan, Rob Vogel, Marcia Ochoa, Emily Dominguez, Kim Jones, Raquel Santos, and Brant Vogel. See you all next year. (hopefully I did not leave anyone off who worked to make this a great day) Click on any pic to enlarge for better viewing.
Once again, thanks for coming. If you would like a tour of the newly remodeled funeral home, call Violet (speaks Spanish) or Mike at 219-940-3791 or stop in any time.
It may sound strange to celebrate the life of a loved one that just died. Yet, think of the last funeral you attended and what much of your conversation was about. You shared memories of the good times with that person, and the good things about that person that helped to create the good times. Grief will come. There will be plenty of time to grieve. But for the moments when you gathered to say goodbye to the person who passed and hello to so many others that you had not seen for so long, a celebration of a life that was lived helps with the healing process.
To have a fitting, respectful and beautiful goodbye is part of the reason that we carry on the ritual of the funeral. At Calumet Park Funeral Chapels in Merrillville and Hobart, and Rendina Funeral Home in Gary, the services of a Certified Funeral Celebrant are available for families who are charged with the duties of final arrangements. Calumet Park’s Celebrant is a funeral director with special training to help produce a final goodbye that leaves a warm place in the hearts of those who cared enough to attend the funeral of your loved one.
What is a Celebrant? A Celebrant is a person who is trained and certified to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. A Celebrant serves by providing a funeral service that is personalized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased. A Celebrant offers an alternative to a service provided by a clergy person for those families who are not affiliated with a church or who do not wish to have a traditional religious funeral service.
A Celebrant has been specifically trained to design a service that is completely personal. They incorporate those unique stories, songs and experiences that defined the loved one. A Celebrant will schedule a special family time for the family to share memories, anecdotes, and special moments in the loved one’s life. The essence of the service will be based upon the remembrances of the family.
A Celebrant has a library of resources available for readings, music, ceremonies and personal touches. The Celebrant will consult with the family to help design a service that best reflects and memorializes the life of their loved one.
A Celebrant is bound by a code of ethics for complete confidentiality in all dealings with the family. He or she will provide a special unique committal service at the cemetery with balloon releases, dove releases, special music, friends and families leaving special notes on the loved one’s casket, and much more.
Kim Jones, funeral director and manager of all three funeral homes, is a Certified Celebrant. She will sit down with the entire family and let the family share stories and reminisce about their loved one. During this time, which can last an hour or two, she will listen carefully and ask questions to gain a better understanding of your loved one during your grieving process.
Everyone grieves differently and it is healthy to express your feelings, tell stories and remember the beauty that was your loved one. According to Doug Manning of IN-SIGHT BOOKS, INC., “Your loved one are never gone if you keep their memories alive.” A Certified Celebrant is trained to seek and provide the most comprehensive and sensitive training available for people wishing to develop their knowledge and skills of this profession of funeral directing. It is important that a family knows they are being served by someone who understands the process and is prepared to offer the very best and most personal funeral possible.
Call Kim at 219-736-5840 for more information regarding Certified Funeral Celebrants. Find out if including a Celebrant as part of your funeral is right for you.
“Let’s go grave and casket shopping.”
Did you ever wake up on a bright, warm sunny spring day and turn to your husband or wife and say “What a nice day. Let’s go grave and casket shopping.”?
Probably never is my guess. Nobody likes to think about death in general, and specifically, their own death. For many families, discussing one’s own mortality would not show up on a list of their top 100 things to talk about this week. Until a death occurs. Then, making cemetery and funeral arrangements jumps sorrowfully to number one on the list.
By pre-planning for your funeral and cemetery needs, you can relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief…a time when people aren’t thinking very clearly and may not know what to do because you never made your wishes known.
It’s easy to say, “Throw me in a bag in bury me in the woods,” which is a direct quote I heard once from a husband who was dragged by his wife to the cemetery to look into prearranging for their final wishes. It was good for a laugh, but even he knew that his comment had zero merit. But it is important to realize that the ritual of a funeral and/or memorial service isn’t for the deceased but for the living. It is a time when friends and family can gather together to grieve openly and to provide support for one another.
Pre-planning your funeral may be very informal, and as simple as filling out a Family Estate Planning Kit that is free from Calumet Park for the asking, and sharing your wishes with a family member. More formal arrangements in the form of a preneed contract can be set up with a Family Service Counselor or funeral director at Calumet Park Cemetery, Calumet Park Funeral Chapel in Hobart or Merrillville, or Rendina Funeral Home in Gary. You can design exactly what meets your needs and financial situation.
And for those who want to relieve their family of the financial burden that goes along with making cemetery and funeral arrangements, you can take advantage of Calumet Park’s no interest payment plan that allows one to freeze the price and have their money trusted until needed at 1st Source Bank in Valparaiso.
Pre-planning, when done properly, can provide you with peace of mind because you know that your arrangements are ready when needed, and pre-funded, which means no worries about getting what you want if a death occurs unexpectedly and your bank account is not sufficient to meet the costs of even a simple funeral. As with nearly all products and services, inflation drives the cost of funerals up yearly. Preplanning and prefunding your final wishes ensures that your funeral is paid for at today’s prices.
While many people assume savings or life insurance will cover their final expenses, funerals must be paid for upfront, while many life insurance policies or bank accounts are not accessible to families until well after the funeral services are rendered.
By pre-planning your final wishes, you can:
- make all the arrangements during a time of peace and not leave them to your family during their time of grief
- make your wishes known
- control the cost of your funeral and protect from inflation
- ensure that personal records are organized and easy for your survivors to locate
- protect your insurance so that it provides for your survivors and not for funeral expenses
- provide protection in case the need arises before it is expected
Most people are not aware that over 150 decisions and tasks must be completed within the first 24-48 hours after an individual’s passing. By arranging ahead of time, you can ensure that your loved ones will not have to wrestle over those details and decisions during their time of emotional upheaval. The opportunity to know that everything is taken care of will allow proper remembrance and the first steps of healing.
All of your arrangements are guaranteed with Calumet Park and Affiliates preneed program and will be carried out just as you have directed. You and your family will feel comfortable knowing that, when the need arises, all is taken care of and they can spend time celebrating a life that was lived and leave the grieving to the future. Few people ever get over the loss of a loved one but a funeral helps to transition from life with a loved one to life after a loved one passes.
Pick up your phone today and call 219-769-8803 to speak to one of our professional and caring Family Service Counselors or funeral directors. You have nothing to lose by at least allowing yourself a little time to have your questions answered, and if the answers meet your needs, you can make it possible for you and your loved ones to never have to talk about the subject again…until a death forces you to face the issue. Be like so many of your neighbors who say “It is better to have it taken care of and not need it than to need it and not have it!”