The Funeral Service and Funeral Options

The funeral service should honor a loved one’s life, but also bring those you love together. The funeral options you choose and the funeral service, whether traditional, or contemporary, will leave a lasting memory and is the first step in healing.

How will you celebrate the life of a loved one? At Calumet Park, we are here to help you make that choice as simply and easily as possible. We will meet with you, listen to you and help you plan a unique and personalized funeral service. Your funeral options will include the location of the service, the day of the week and the time of day. The planning may also include unique details such as the music selection, songs that may be sung, readings and prayers. We can arrange to have doves, butterflies or balloons released at the close of the service. (some options may need advance notification, or may be seasonal). Keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling can be given. The funeral options are many; the memories they leave behind can be meaningful and precious.

The service itself can be officiated by your pastor or representative from your place of worship. If you prefer, we also have non-denominational Certified Celebrants on staff to meet your needs.

Your personal preferences regarding the final goodbye of a loved one will help determine the funeral service and its details. Choices to consider may include:

  • The Visitation
  • Casket Options
  • Funeral Service
  • Committal Service
  • Memorialization, including Monuments
  • Funeral Reception
  • Memorial Packages (These may include personal touches such as a guest register book, prayer cards, thank you cards/envelopes, pall bearer gloves, a tribute video, woven photo blanket or a Christian, Catholic Orthodox or Jerusalem Comfort Cross)
  • Floral Options
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Burial of Cremation

While many people know exactly which option is right for them, we can also help guide you through the important decision of choosing between a traditional burial or a cremation. In cases where the choice is uncertain, and your loved one’s wishes were not clearly stated, we will help you come to the decision that is best for you and your family.

Once a decision has been made, the finer details come into focus. If you’ve chosen a burial, then selection of the casket, vault and cemetery follows. If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to decide if you would want a traditional service with visitation followed by cremation, a memorial service or a direct cremation. Then, where the cremated remains will be placed, such as in a mausoleum niche, scattered from our private airplane or buried on the cemetery grounds. We know these choices can be difficult, and we do everything in our power to make them easier.

In some communities, you may be able to choose a “green burial.” If that’s what your loved one would prefer, we’ll help you select an environmentally-friendly choice.

Visit our Resources page for more information on our many funeral options.

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