The Memorial Chapel
The Memorial Garden
Years ago, we started a ministry solely for the Calumet community with an eye on meeting the needs of former staff/campers who expressed a desire to have their cremains be incorporated into the earth here at Calumet. The garden is at the Memorial Chapel, just to the side of the altar, and is a place designated and consecrated for disposition of ashes of loved ones. No urns are used. The cremated remains are dispersed and mixed into the soil and mulch surrounding the Garden vegetation in a manner such that they are indistinguishable from the soil matrix. Ashes are non-recoverable and not preserved intact in compliance with New Hampshire statutes. It is important that during conversations with a funeral director it is clearly understood that the ashes are specifically prepared for this type of interment. Interments cannot happen during the colder months of the year. Family members make contact with Calumet staff to make detailed arrangements of interment plans and the Calumet staff prepares the space beforehand. There are quite a number of individuals who are at rest on Jackman Ridge. The Executive Director is available to answer any questions.
During certain times of the year, when the Calumet schedule permits, family members might make arrangements with Calumet's Food Service team to have a light luncheon or some snacks in the Dining Room of the Conference Center or the Micah Room following the interment. The fee is determined after the initial conversation between the family and Calumet.
There is a $300 per person fee which includes all of the costs associated with interment at Calumet (purchase of the granite, engraving the names and dates, marker transport, garden preparation for interment, garden and trail upkeep).
The standard granite markers are 12" square. There are 13 characters per line and Calumet has chosen a standard font and character size. The markers commemorate the lives of loved ones who may or may not have their ashes interred in the Memorial Garden. In many cases, family members make arrangements for a marker which remembers someone who is interred elsewhere, but whose memory is very much alive here at Calumet. For those persons whose ashes are scattered in the Memorial Garden, there is a small cross engraved in the corner of the marker. Calumet arranges for the marker to be engraved and put in place.
The all-inclusive fee is $300 per person / $600 per couple.
Sometimes, when a surviving spouse is providing information for their loved one’s memorial marker and making payment for this service, we are asked whether Calumet has an option for pre-payment for this service option. The answer is yes. There are a couple of benefits with this option. First, it relieves the surviving family members of that future burden. Second, should Calumet need to increase the fee in the years to come, those who choose to pre-pay will not be responsible for those additional dollars.
Pre-payments will be held in the Memorial Chapel fund with the names of each person/couple who is taking advantage of the pre-payment option.