Calumet Park Blog

How we got started…..

Fred R. Vogel (c) and Fr. John J. Lach (r)
     In 1926, Fr. John Lach, Fred Vogel, Elmer W. Barth and Stephen Kovacik had a dream of providing a service to the community that was not readily available to all of its citizens.  At that time in history, a particular church had a cemetery and would not

There’s nothing to be afraid of…

Meeting with one of our Family Service Counselors to talk about prearranging a funeral will do quite the opposite…it will take away many of your fears.  These people are not fast talking, blue suede shoe, high pressure sales people trying to part you from your money.  The people that you will visit with  are

You said you would call…

     It wasn’t that long ago that lawmakers deemed it necessary to make telemarketing all but illegal.  By developing “do not call” lists it is possible for people to register and not be bothered by those pesty telemarketers. 

     I remember years ago when I had my own company, we depended heavily on the telephone to help us develop prospects.  There were a number of people that did not want to be bothered with intrusive phone calls, and you said you would call if you wanted to buy anything…but you didn’t! 

Life at a cemetery…did you know?

tree identifiers

Did you know that life abounds within the property lines of Calumet Park Cemetery?   Besides our nature preserve that is at the north end of the cemetery with elevated bird houses and bird hotels, we have geese, raccoons, deer, squirrel, fish, turtles, rabbits, and the occasional beaver who call the cemetery home.

And trees…do we have trees!  We have over 16 specific species of trees within the park.  Over the years, schools have asked

Memorial Weekend Activities at Calumet Park Cemetery 2011

To find out the Memorial Weekend schedule at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana, look at the final page of the Spring 2011 Calumet Park Newsletter.   You are invited to join with your friends, neighbors and family at any event that meets your needs.  A special invitation goes out to all veterans in town for the weekend and to all who wish to honor them at the special veteran ceremony as shown on the schedule.

You can find the schedule at

What do you say when someone dies? What not to say!

Overheard at just about every funeral service is, “I know how your feel,” or its close cousin, “I know what you are going through.”

Guess what?   You do not.  You do not even really know how you would feel if you just lost your child or parent, or anybody you cared about for that matter.   And if you lost your child, or parent or anybody you care about, that experience is your own – and it is unique to only you.

I remember…

It was the late ’60s and the country was changing unlike any other time in history.  Love them or not, everyone knew of the Beatles, flower power, drugs and parents not knowing what to do about their kids with their long hair and big ideas on what was wrong with the world.

Flags were being burned and protests against the war in Vietnam were on the front pages of newspapers in big and small towns across America while some of the youth of the nation crossed into Canada to avoid the draft.

This is not their story.  This is my story (Daniel Moran – in photo). I am from a very small town in upstate New York.  Patriotism was served up with mom’s apple pie and 4th of July was a day of celebration, fireworks and hot dogs gobbled up as if there was a ticket to heaven for whoever ate the most.

What does a funeral director do?

Calumet Park Funeral Chapel is a proud member of the IFDA

People often wonder what exactly a funeral director does.  Few people think about it until they need the services of a funeral director, and then are either too emotional or too shy to ask.  So, let us answer the question here, away from sitting down at a time of need, and see if we can help you understand and appreciate just what a funeral director does.

A funeral director takes what is called “the first call” from a hospital or home when a person has passed away, and gets permission for the release of the body to be taken to the funeral home.  If circumstances are such that a need for embalming is established, the funeral director will get the proper legal permission to embalm.

Simply stated, the quicker such permission is granted and the embalming is completed, the better the person will look for a viewing.  Embalming is not required except in certain circumstances – call one of our funeral directors for more details.

Would you want this job?

     Wow, who is going to answer that ad?

     The job title is “Family Service Counselor”.

     It could be an ad written for just about any cemetery or funeral home in the country.  These positions are filled with some of the most caring men and women in your community; and maybe even a friend or relative of yours works as a counselor. Almost all of them never knew that the job existed up until the time they answered the ad for the job.

     Very few young people ‘decide’ when they grow up that they want to become a family service counselor, or more succinctly put, a person who will ‘council a family on making cemetery and funeral arrangements’.   At the time of need, funeral arrangements must be made with a licensed funeral director.

After a death, what happens before committing your loved one to their final resting place? This post takes about 2 minutes to downoad but it is very helpful and is filled with photos.

Above photo is at the cemetery on the day of the funeral. What is the process from the time of passing to the actual burial of a loved one? Read the full article to get a general understanding of what will be required of you as the legal next-of-kin responsible for making the arrangements.

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