Winter Floral Tributes

Did you know that CMS Mid-Atlantic is now offering winter floral tributes for your loved one’s grave? Our staff begins preparing for the winter floral season in August to ensure that our grave decorations meet CMS Mid-Atlantic’s meticulous cemetery standards. Each of our parks has their own unique floral designs to coordinate with the landscape.CMS_Wreath

Orders must be placed as soon as possible to guarantee placement for the holiday season.

Contact one of our cemeteries today for information about available decorations and pricing.

Alpine Cemetery Association
(732) 442–0055
www.alpinecemetery.com

Greenwood Cemetery Association
(609) 587–4993
www.greenwoodcemetery.net

Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery
(908) 688–4300
www.hollywoodmemorialpark.com

Laurel Grove Cemetery
(973) 956-0711
www.laurelgrovecemetery.com

Restland Memorial Park
(973) 887–2050
www.restlandmemorialpark.org

Vestal Hills Memorial Park
(607) 797–8407
www.vestalhillsmemorialpark.com

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Mentoring Students through the CMS Mid-Atlantic, Inc. College Internship Program

You’re in college and you can’t wait to find your first professional, “real” job. It’s challenging to navigate your career path. You have the degree, but employers want experience. How do you get experience if no one will hire you?

CMS Mid-Atlantic, Inc. is recruiting qualified students for an Internship Program working in our Eternal Memory Program. You will participate in a 10-week internship where you will learn teamwork, communication skills, leadership and build your LinkedIn network. We offer a flexible 20-hour work week and you will earn $10/hour. Top performers receive additional earnings.

We need 20 college juniors and/or seniors who are self-motivated and have outstanding communication skills to meet with members of the community about planning their cemetery needs. It’s not an easy task and students will need to have empathy, a strong work ethic and enjoy helping others.

For information about building your real world experience, contact Bernard Stoecklein, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at 412-967-6210 or email at bstoecklein@cmsmidatlantic.com.

Visit www.NJCemeteryPlanning.org to learn more about the Eternal Memory Program.

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Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery Helps Teen Realize Her Dreams

Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery
1500 & 1621 Stuyvesant Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
908-688-4300

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 9, 2013

Contact: Bernard E. Stoecklein Jr.
1-800-CMS-1981

High school seniors face intense competition for acceptance into colleges and universities and rising tuition costs add to their stress. The Officers and Directors of Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery understand the challenges that today’s teens face and is committed to helping them realize their dreams of pursuing higher education and ultimately their chosen careers. Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery, in conjunction with its affiliate The Realize Your Dream Foundation, recently awarded a scholarship to a local student.

Tatiana Cirne Oliveira, of Union, New Jersey, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. The daughter of João and Isabel Oliveira, Tatiana is a senior at Union High School who plans to pursue a career in child psychology with a teaching degree at Seton Hall University.

“We are very pleased to award this scholarship to this talented student,” said Bernard E. Stoecklein Jr., president of Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery. The Realize Your Dream scholarship was created for students who display a zest for life, a thirst for knowledge, a need to achieve, the courage to make tough decisions and the confidence to stand alone.  It is presented in the belief that a striving, committed person can utilize the wisdom acquired through learning to make a difference in their own life as well as in the lives of others. This young woman exhibits all of those qualities.”

The Realize Your Dream Foundation provides financial support to local high school seniors pursuing collegiate studies in communities in which CMS-affiliated cemeteries and memorial parks are located.  For consideration, students are required to complete the scholarship application and maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

For more information about the Realize Your Dream Foundation’s scholarship opportunities, contact Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery at 908-688-4300.

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Hollywood Memorial Park to Host Reflection Day Candle Lighting Remembrance Service

For Immediate Release
November 27, 2012

Contact: Lisa Sommers
908-688-4300

Hollywood Memorial Park invites family and friends in the community to participate in Holiday Candle Lighting Vigil on Saturday, December 8, 2012, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the memorial park’s Gethsemane Gardens Mausoleum.

Each person in attendance will be invited to light a candle during the ceremony in memory of their loved ones.  Guests are also encouraged to bring an ornament to place on our Christmas tree in the mausoleum.  The inspiring event will include musical arrangements, community fellowship and light refreshments.

“Losing a loved one tends to be especially painful during the holidays,” explains Lisa Sommers, family service manager at Hollywood Memorial Park.  “Reflection Day is a celebration of life; we join together with warm remembrance of loved ones and share special memories with one another.  This helps bring comfort to those mourning the loss of those they hold dear during the holiday season.”

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with the Reflection Day service beginning promptly at 2:00 p.m.   Hollywood Memorial Park is located at 1500 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, New Jersey.

Your RSVP to 908-688-4300 would be appreciated by December 1, 2012 to help us with seating arrangements.

 

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Greenwood Cemetery to Host Seasonal Candle Lighting Remembrance Service

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2012

Contact:
Linda M. Ross
1-800-267-1981

Greenwood Cemetery invites members of the Hamilton community and their family and friends to participate in a Seasonal Candle Lighting Vigil on Saturday, December 1, 2012, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Greenwood’s Memorial Chapel Mausoleum.

Each person in attendance will be invited to light a candle during the ceremony in memory of their loved ones. The inspiring event will include musical arrangements, community fellowship and light refreshments.

“If your loved one passed away last month, last year or even many years ago, the loss can be especially painful during the holidays,” explains Bob Pezolano, family and community service manager at Greenwood Cemetery.  “Sharing this dignified, warm remembrance of their loved ones with friends and neighbors can help bring comfort to those mourning the loss of those they hold dear during the holiday season.”

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with the candle lighting service beginning promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Greenwood Cemetery is located at 1800 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey.

Your RSVP to 609-587-4993 would be appreciated by Monday, November 26, 2012 to help us with seating arrangements.

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Louisiana Monks Declare Victory to Sell their Caskets

A group of Louisiana monks at Saint Joseph Abbey have spent years battling a legislation that prohibited them from selling their handcrafted cypress caskets.

The abbey had occasionally constructed caskets for monks in the southeast Louisiana area for years.  The monks ventured into the casket-making business in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina destroyed an income generating section of the monastery’s forest. The monks made a huge investment in a woodworking shop, and casket-building eventually became part of their daily routine.

After a Catholic newspaper reported information about the dedication of the workshop, a cease-and-desist letter followed the event.  In 1914, Louisiana created the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors to combat the spread of infectious or communicable diseases.  Nine of the 10 current members are funeral directors.  The monks were committing a crime by violating a 1960s legislation that made selling “funeral merchandise” without a funeral directors license illegal. In order to obtain a funeral directors license, the monks would have to earn college credits and apprentice at a licensed funeral home to acquire skills that they would not be using in their coffin-making business.  The monks’ only intention was to build the caskets rather than handling the remains of the deceased.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has recently sided with the Louisiana monastery in their legal battle to sell their handcrafted caskets.

Visit www.postgazette.com to read more about the court appeal.

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Memory Medallion

Something special has recently been released for personal remembrance that is worth getting to know. Whether you do it for yourself or for someone you have loved, now you can easily preserve and share the favorite memories and moments of a life right at the location of remembrance thanks to a small, coin-sized device known as the Memory Medallion. Even with its small size, it provides a complete life-story remembrance, big or small, via photos, text, custom web links, and can even be upgraded to allow for video or audio, so that family, friends and future generations who visit the location of remembrance can truly remember and know about the life.

The Memory Medallion is totally maintenance-free, designed to last through the ages and endure the rugged extremes of weather. It can easily be placed outdoors or in and some versions are designed for very easy permanent installation by most any customer. It is designed to be an attractive (but essential) addition to any place of remembrance and its ease of use is due to the fact that it can be read by most mobile phones using the phone’s camera to activate its specialized coding. Your phone will need to be one that has a camera with a macro-lens (very common now) that can focus on the Medallion code using most any free 2D barcode reader application that can be easily downloaded on most phones if it doesn’t already have it. Then just open the app, focus on the code, allow it to activate, and immediately up onto the screen will appear the photos, stories, and links that have been shared.

Purchase and/or activation can occur online at www.MemoryMedallion.com or through your cemetery, funeral home, or monument dealer. A user name and password will be provided so that you can log-in at http://www.MemoryMedallion.com to BUILD THE MEDALLION STORY by completing each section of the Standard Remembrance Package.

The Memory Medallion Standard Remembrance Profile includes all of the following:

  • Memory Medallion ready for on-site installation (1 & 3/8″ circle case).
  •  Memory Medallion life profile includes space for your choice of up to 8 photos and 1000 words of text as well as 3 web site links to additional information.
  • Custom link: Include a link to a web site of your choice. It might be military information, an alma mater, a personal site of interest, etc. It is up to you.
  • Complete customer support and a personal contact to assist you as you build the Medallion story.
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