Mark your calendars for the annual live butterfly release program at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN. This event keeps getting bigger and bigger. Last year there were over 600 butterflies released during this beautiful and touching time or remembrance. Call 219-769-8803 now to be sure that you get your butterfly. Cutoff to order your free butterfly will be July 12th. Be part of the live music and butterfly ceremony and call now. Release is set for Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m. See you there.
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Butterfly release scheduled for July 22 at 11:00 a.m. – call before July 12 to reserve your live butterfly…
598 requests were made for butterflies this year. 600 were ordered and 660 were delivered. And all were passed out at Saturday’s Butterfly Release Program at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana at the corner of Taft and 73rd. Paul Vogel II opened the event with a prayer and short homily that saw many people nodding their approval with hands raised to heaven. Brant Vogel played a special song that reminds him of his days as a youth fishing with his Grandpa. After this gentle piece of music, Stephanie Szymanski invited the wee ones up as she read a story that was written by Leslie Vogel shortly before her passing this past year. All guests of the day’s events were given a copy of the kids story, “Camo Cousins”, and Stephanie did a very nice job with her reading. Next, Rob Vogel read the “Legend of the Butterfly”, his 7th reading of this quaint tale of whispering a wish to a butterfly, releasing it, and trusting that it will carry your message to heaven where it will be answered because of your kindness in setting your butterfly free. Paul invited all who were not too exhausted from the very strong heat of mid-day to surround the butterfly garden, and on a countdown from 10-1, everyone would release their butterflies laden with their hopes and wishes. There were a lot of ooh’s and aah’s as he called out “one” and all 600 butterflies found their wings.
Thank you for all the staff for making this year’s butterfly release our best yet, and thank you to all who shared the day. Without you, there would be no butterfly program. If you are looking for info an prearranging your cemetery and funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803 and visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com
Saturday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m., over six hundred people will gather for Calumet Park Cemetery’s 6th Annual Live Butterfly Release Ceremony. The cemetery is located at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, IN. The Butterfly Release will take place in the “Back to Nature” section of the cemetery, just inside the west gate. You will be guided to parking space by the ground staff lead by Tim McClure and Tom Music. Come a little early to be sure to pick up your butterfly (for those who requested one) and to find a perfect spot on the grassy knoll for the program. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort. This event is one of the premier moments for remembering your loved ones as part of a group of like-minded, caring people. If you have any questions, call 219-768-8803 and click through some of the other stories in this blog. See you there. For info on preplanning, stop in or call 219-769-8803 and visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com
Call now to reserve your live butterfly for our 7th Annual Butterfly Release Ceremony. This has become a great tradition for over 300 people each summer; all compliments of Calumet Park Cemetery.
During this one hour program, there will be live music from Brant Vogel appropriate to the occasion, readings on the Native American Indian Butterfly Legend by Rob Vogel, a short greeting and prayer from Paul Vogel II and the release of the butterflies.
Calumet Park will order 300 butterflies for the occasion, so we recommend you call in to reserve yours as soon as possible. The deadline to call in will be July 17. Call 219-769-8803 (cemetery), 219-736-5840 (Calumet Park Funeral Chapel) and 219-980-1141 (Rendina Funeral Home). Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort during the program, and come a few minutes early to get your butterfly. The program will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. See you there!
A caterpillar enters life, lives and eats up in trees,
She knows not God’s plans, her life’s a mystery.
She’s fuzzy and “footy” and grazes on leaves…
Forever a caterpillar, is what she believes.
When her change comes, she’ll spin a cocoon
and for a short time she’ll feel she is doomed.
In time with God’s planning, as a caterpillar she’ll die…
to be born again soon as a pretty butterfly.
And so goes our lives, from our births until death…
our time here on earth, but one of God’s breaths.
So, when the time we are given is lived and is done…
trust in God’s promise. He’ll unite as as one.
It hurts to see a loved one in a casketed cocoon,
just remember the butterfly…and let Him heal your wounds.
By Daniel Moran