Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward offers a complete selection of
Funeral, Memorial, Burial, and Cremation Services. With a 61 acre
cemetery, we serve all faiths and cater to all cultural traditions.

Losing a Loved One to Suicide

When planning funeral services for a loved one, knowing that he or she chose suicide can add an extra layer of confusion to the process. No one us alone in coping with the feelings after the suicide of a loved one, and extensive grief support services are available.

Watch this video to hear from people who are gone through the same experience. These people are at different stages in the process of coming to terms with their loved ones’ choices, and hearing their stories may be helpful to some as they deal with their own emotions.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we can assist in the funeral planning process, whether the loss was sudden or anticipated. For more information about our funeral home in Hayward, please call (510) 400-4442.

Discussing Your Funeral Wishes with Your Spouse

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If you are pre-planning funeral services, then discussing your plan with your loved ones will be an important part of the process. Although bringing up the topic of your funeral with your spouse may not be an easy conversation, it is one that could save your spouse a significant amount of stress after you are gone.

If you want to talk about funeral pre-planning with your spouse, choose a time and place where you can focus on each other, without distractions. Know what you want to say about your funeral plan, and be prepared to explain your preferences to your spouse about everything from your choice between cremation and burial to your readings and music. Ensure that your spouse knows the extent of your plans and where to find them when you’re gone, so that he or she can simply request that the funeral home puts them into action.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward can help you with all aspects of funeral pre-planning. To get started, call our funeral home today at (510) 400-4442.

How Grief Is Different After a Sudden Death

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Grief is never easy, but when a death occurs suddenly, it can be mixed with a range of other emotions that are not typical after a death that was anticipated. Being thrown into funeral planning and making decisions about things like burial and cremation in an instant can be extremely overwhelming. If you are struggling with your feelings, your funeral home can offer grief support services to help. Read on to take a closer look at the way that grieving is impacted when death is sudden.

The first stage of grief may be shock.
When a death is anticipated, family and friends get an opportunity to say goodbye to their loved one. They may even begin the grieving process before their loved one is gone as they work to determine what the world will be like without them. With a sudden death, none of this preparation is possible. Finding out that a loved one is gone can initially cause feelings of shock that can leave you feeling like the death is not actually real. While coping with this shock, you may also be dealing with funeral planning, leaving you feeling numb.

You may experience guilt.
It’s common for people to experience guilt during the grieving process, however misplaced it is. After a sudden death, people often experience more guilt while grieving, because of the things they didn’t get to say to their loved ones. Guilt can derail healthy grieving, so consider seeking grief counseling if you are struggling to get past your feelings.

You may feel angry at your loss.
Anger after losing a loved one is common, but it can be particularly overwhelming after an unexpected death. Some people get so stuck in the anger stage of grieving that finding peace can be difficult without the help of a grief counselor.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward can help your family with everything from pre-planning a funeral to planning a funeral service that needs to happen immediately. When your family needs our services, call our funeral home at (510) 400-4442.

From Flowers to Donations: A Guide to Expressing Condolences

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After someone passes away, offering condolences to the family provides them with comfort and reminds them that they are not alone. There is no single right way to express condolences. Sometimes, families specify ways they would like their loved one to be memorialized in the obituary, but the way you choose to share your condolences can depend on a number of factors, from your relationship to the family and the deceased to your budget. Here are some of the things you can do to share your condolences and offer support to a family coping with funeral planning and mourning.

Send Flowers
Flowers are the most traditional way to offer condolences. The flowers are sometimes sent to the funeral home, in which case they may be displayed during the viewing or funeral services. In other instances, they are sent directly to the home of the family. Sending flowers to the home is more personal and is usually done only by people who are close to the family. If you are considering sending flowers, be sure to consider the religious customs of the family, as some faiths do not associate flowers with funerals. Check the obituary or call the funeral home to ensure that the family is accepting flowers.

Send a Donation
In some cases, families ask that, in lieu of flowers, people donate the money they would have spent to a particular charity. You can still make a donation as a tribute to someone even if the family hasn’t specifically requested it. Be sure to choose a group that aligns with the deceased’s persons interests and beliefs and that does not have any potential to be controversial to anyone in the family.

Send a Personal Touch
A simple card with a handwritten note can also be a meaningful gesture to families who are grieving. Share a story about the person who has passed or just focus on offering your support. A phone call can also be a welcome, personal way to share your condolences.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is focused on making funeral planning as smooth and easy as possible for families in their times of need. For assistance in planning a funeral at Hayward, call (510) 400-4442.

Why Your Loved One Deserves an Online Obituary

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Obituaries are a way to announce the passing of a loved one and to honor their lives. Obituaries have been appearing in newspapers for hundreds of years, but that may not be the most effective way to remember your loved one’s passing.

Online obituaries are becoming increasingly more popular for a variety of reasons. While newspaper obituaries only appear for one day, online obituaries can stay online for as long as the family would like. They can be shared with friends and family across the world easily and can be accessed anytime and any place. An online obituary can also help spread the word to friends and family about service times, dates, and the location of the service.

Traditional newspaper obituaries are quite expensive. On average they cost around $300, but some obituaries can end up being more than $600. Chapel of the Chimes provides online obituaries free of charge because we realize there are plenty of other unexpected expenses when a loved one passes.

Online obituaries can include many features that are impossible with newspaper obituaries including:

  • Multiple photos
  • Videos
  • Messages from family and friends
  • Ability to send flowers at the click of a button
  • And much more

For more information about our online obituaries, contact Chapel of the Chimes today at (510) 400-4442.

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