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Stop in and see the changes when you are in the neighborhood…

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Look for the grand opening of Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Hobart and Portage.  Located just south of Route 6 on County Line Road between Hobart and Portage, this facility is now open to serve Hobart and Portage families.  Stop in when passing by and have a free tour of the building.  A complete remodeling of the building will greet families as they pass through the main entrance to the funeral home.

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There is parking for 98 vehicles, and the funeral home has the size and staff to easily serve two families at the same time.  The building is approximately 12,000 square feet and there is a crematory on the premises.

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This is the third funeral home acquired by Calumet Park Cemetery since 2004.  The first funeral home was purchased in 2004 on the site of the original Stilinovich and Wiatrolik funeral home on Taft in Merrillville, and in 2014 a smart investment was made in adding Rendina Funeral Home to serve local families and their funeral needs.  Rendina is just two miles north of the cemetery on Cleveland in Gary.  Calumet Park, started in 1928, is still owned and operated by the same families.  Calumet Park and its affiliates have the funeral home resources to help 500 families a year through one of life’s greatest challenges…the death of a loved one…and the next few days after such a loss.   Already serving over 600 families with their cemetery needs, the addition of funeral homes makes this transition between life and death much easier for the families that suffer a loss.

Call now at 219-940-3791 to find out how the right place with the right people may be just what you are looking for from your cemetery and funeral providers.

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What can I do with the ashes?

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Arthur Robinson, a New Jersey widower, is pleading with burglars to return the wooden box containing ashes of his wife.

I was recently reading about a home burglary where the bad guys made off with flat screen TV’s, computers, ipads and other valuables; all of which are replaceable.   They also took something that is irreplaceable…they stole the victim’s mother’s ashes.  The cremains were in an urn that was originally selected because of its beauty and the thieves probably thought it was worth something to his “buyer”.

Horrible!  That was the first thought that came to my mind.  Then, sadness as the urn and mom could have been placed in a permanent resting place at Calumet Park Cemetery.  There are many choices at Calumet for ashes (cremains), from glass front niches at the original mausoleum, to ground burial in any section of the cemetery.  For veterans, besides being interred in the ground, there is a new columbarium with kneeling soldier on top praying before a cross.  There is a back to nature section that meets the needs of the outdoorsy type of family and a second columbarium for non-vets.  In the mausoleums, there are niches, and there are even some in-ground niches called cremorials that many be chosen.

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The point is to consider a permanent, safe placement of those you love who wanted cremation.  Have a place to visit, and remember the good times and not live forever in pain should the cremains be lost or stolen.  It is a nice notion to have your loved one’s ashes at home, but what happens when the second and third generation comes along?  What happens to the ashes then?  For many, it is a sad trip to the garbage or tossed away as though the person never lived.

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Call us (769-8803) for an appointment to visit Calumet Park and explore the possibilities, or stop in.  Find out more on our website by going to calumetparkcemetery.com.

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Jerry Davich on cremation…

Jerry Davich article on cremation

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July 8, 2013 · 9:17 pm

Cremation options in NW Indiana…

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Some of the questions that families have regarding cremation:

What is involved in a simple, direct cremation?

Is embalming necessary for a cremation?

What are my choices if I don’t want the cheapest or the most expensive cremation?

What makes for a cheap versus an expensive cremation?

Why would I want to do any more than the basic?

Can I have a viewing and a visitation even though my dad wanted to cremated?

What do I do with the ashes when I don’t want to take them home?

What choices do you have for permanent placement and memorialization?

Do I need an urn?

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The questions can go on and on.  Usually, the answer to one question prompts more questions.  Our recommendation is to sit with one of our Family Service Counselors on a pre-need basis and get the facts.  There is no obligation to gather information, and you may take comfort by learning all that is involved when cremation is chosen.

One of the most important questions for many people – “Is cremation right for me?”  Cremation should be discussed with the entire family as the process is irreversible.

Call 219-769-8803  to set up a free, no obligation consultation with one of our no-pressure counselors.  You can click to other articles in this blog or go to calumetparkcemetery.com for information on all the services and products offered by Calumet Park.

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What you always wanted to know about cremation but were afraid to ask…

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Many people believe that cremation is simple, direct, easier and cheaper than having a traditional visitation with a viewing followed by a burial at a cemetery.  That is all true, and it is all false as there are money-related costs and emotional costs layered into every death, and only you, the survivor will know if cremation was the right decision for the final disposition of your loved one.  Sadly, especially in this day of instant information on the internet, many discover that they have trouble finding any sort

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Cremation options from Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, Merrillville, IN

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Many people come to a funeral home and tell a funeral director that all they want is a basic cremation.  Quite often, what they perceive a direct cremation to be and what it actually consists of is miles apart.  Open the attachment and you will be able to review the new educational tool that Calumet Park Funeral Directors and Family Service Counselors will be using with families starting January 1, 2012.

It is hoped that this approach will help families understand their options and make it easier to make good choices for their foray into cremation.  There is more to it than meets the eye, or in this case, more than meets the word “cremation”.

If you have questions, call 219-769-8803 (cemetery) or 219-736-5840  (funeral home) and our expert staff will be happy to answer any of your questions, including how to prearrange and pre-pay your funeral and cemetery needs.

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Catholics and cremation…

     In the Spring of 1997, Rome approved an Appendix to the Order of Christian Funerals which deals with cremation.  It reiterates the normative suggestion that the cremation take place after the funeral liturgy, but also permits, for the first time in Catholic history, a funeral liturgy (mass) to be celebrated with the “ashes” (cremains) in a place of honor at the church during the service.

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Low cost cremation including a free grave at Calumet Park Cemetery in Indiana. Call 219-769-8803 for details.

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Oh, so very sad…..

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    She stood on the beach with the tall grass blowing in the warm, summer breeze.  No movement, no looking up and down the dunes.  She would come on Sundays and look out at the water of Lake Michigan.
     The first time she came, she knocked on Rosie’s door and timidly asked if she could park her car for a few minutes because she needed to walk over the dunes and all the beach parking was full.  She held a small cardboard box, and looked at Rosie with so much sadness in her eyes that Rosie quickly granted her permission to park.
     True to her word, she returned within 15 minutes, got in her car and drove off.  Rosie didn’t give it much thought, until the young lady came the next week, and the next and the next after that.  Each time she politely knocked on the door of the big red house, and each time Rosie let her park there. 
 

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Fall 2010 newsletter

Fall 2010 newsletter – may take a few seconds to download but worth it.

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