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.

Proper Funeral Etiquette

If you have never attended funeral services in Hayward, you may be unaware of proper behavior at a funeral ceremony. This video explains common funeral customs.

When you enter a funeral home, you can offer your condolences to the family in mourning. If you have brought a card or flowers, you may be instructed to leave your gift on a designed table. Once the funeral service begins, quiet is expected among all the guests. Showing sadness is a natural part of the grieving process, though, so feel free to express your emotions during this time. Wearing dark colors such as black or navy is often most appropriate for this type of service.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward can help you pre-plan a funeral or arrange a funeral. For information on our complete funeral services, call (510) 471-3363.

The Benefits of Grief Support Groups

Grief is a complicated challenge that lasts well after the funeral services conclude. For many, it’s a process that follows them for a lifetime. For some, it’s a process that begins before their loved ones pass, as anticipatory grief is common during a long illness. Each mourner must find his or her own way to work through grief. It can be helpful to try a variety of grief support resources, such as support groups, to find which helps you best. You can ask the funeral home or grief counselors to direct you to a local grief support group.

Working Through the Grieving Process

Grief often has an isolating effect. You may find it difficult to be around other people who don’t know what you’re going through and you may feel as though you’re alone in your grief. One of the many benefits of joining a grief support group is that it counters the isolating effect of loss. You’ll be around others who feel the acute pain of loss. At first, you may only wish to listen to the moderator and to the stories of other participants. Later, you may feel comfortable sharing your experience and discussing your feelings. The purpose of a grief support group isn’t to help you “get over” your loss more quickly, but rather to give you the support you need to work through your challenges in a healthy manner.

Learning Coping Skills

The moderator and the other participants in the grief support group can help you by discussing coping skills that may help. And in turn, you can share your insight as to what has helped you. Certainly, traditional coping methods such as writing in a journal can help many people who are grieving. However, you may learn about surprising methods of coping at the support group, such as learning how to mountain bike to honor a loved one who thrived on outdoor activities. Grief is a journey that is unique to each mourner.

With the grief support services available from Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, you’re never alone after your loss. Our funeral home provides grief support services near Hayward, 24/7. You can learn more about grief support services on our website or call us at (510) 471-3363.

Ching Ming 2015 (English)

Ching Ming 2015 (Chinese)

Tips for Arranging a Funeral

Unless you’re pre-planning your own funeral services, the process of planning a funeral takes place during a very difficult time. It can be challenging to make decisions when you’re overcome with emotion, which is why it’s important to choose a funeral home in Hayward with funeral directors who are both helpful and trustworthy. You may wish to bring along another family member or a friend. A friend can help you by asking questions that you may not think of during this time.

When planning funeral services, your loved one’s final wishes are of utmost importance. Your loved one may have left behind instructions regarding a preference for cremation or burial, and for music and flowers. If not, think about your loved one’s preferences during life to guide your decisions. Another factor to consider is how to help fellow mourners participate in honoring the life of your loved one, even if they live far away. The funeral home may offer an array of memorial options, such as tribute videos, memorial websites, and live funeral webcasting.

Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward invites families to explore our respectful options for honoring the life of your loved one, including our webcasting option for distant family members. You can request more information about our funeral services by calling (510) 471-3363.

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