A shared common bond of having lost a family member or friend- Butterfly release ceremony celebrates lives that were lived

Written by Dan Moran. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on July 04, 2018 with No Comments

The 10th annual Butterfly Release ceremony will soon be upon us.  The event is set for Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m.  It will be held at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville at the corner of 73rd Avenue and Taft Street, just one mile north of Route 30 on Taft.

Over 600 butterflies were released last year. Those in attendance enjoyed a morning of songs, poetry, laughter and tears as they shared the common bond of having lost a family member or friend and wish to gather in celebration of the lives that were lived.,

Free live butterflies are available for all who register before July 12 which will allow the ordering of the butterflies.  The butterflies are provided by Cloverlawn Butterflies in Florida and are compliments of Calumet Park Cemetery, Calumet Park Funeral Chapels and Rendina Funeral Home.  Our only request is that if you order a butterfly that you attend as there is an expense to Calumet Park for each butterfly ordered.

Brant Vogel

This special event includes an opening prayer and comments from Paul Vogel II, CEO of Calumet Park, live music from country singer Brant Vogel and Christian recording artist Rusty Shields.  Richard Stake, a family service counselor at Calumet Park Cemetery, will recite the Legend of the Butterfly, followed by the release of the butterflies.

The legend tells the story that if you catch a butterfly, whisper your hopes and dreams to it, and release the butterfly, it will take these thoughts to heaven.  God will grant each wish as a thanks for freeing his most delicate of creatures without harm.  Yes, it is a legend, but what if…

The community program is open to all, and if you wish to have a butterfly to release, you must call with your name and telephone number.  Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for your comfort as the program will take place in the grassy area just north of the bronze statue of a child offering a butterfly its freedom.  Parking will be available, with handicapped parking as close to the event as is possible.

If you need directions to the cemetery or have any questions regarding the event or regarding preplanning your cemetery or funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803.

Calumet Park Cemetery is located at 2305 West 73rd Ave., Merrillville.  Like us on Facebook at mycalumetpark and visit our website at www.mycalumetpark.com

Hope to see you there!

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