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    Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

    Last updated 1 day 10 hours ago

    According to a recent article in TIME Magazine, it is likely that 50% of Americans will choose cremation instead of burial by 2017. The ashes of the deceased are both harmless and highly portable. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), approximately one third of people bury the ashes, one third keep them, and one third scatter them. Many who scatter their loved one’s ashes like the idea of doing so at sea, but the EPA dictates that boats and planes carrying ashes cannot release them within three nautical miles from the shore. Many others like to scatter their loved one’s ashes at their favorite national park.

    If you are looking for cremation services in Oakland, Chapel of the Chimes has exactly what you need. In addition to cremation services, we offer burial options for your loved one’s ashes. Call us at (510) 455-4004 or visit our website for more information about our funeral and cremation services.


    After Your Loved One's Funeral: What Are Your Responsibilities?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If you recently said goodbye to a loved one following services at a funeral home, there are a few things still left to do. For example, if your loved one was cremated, there are a number of things you can do to honor his or her remains. Even if you have requested donations to a cause in lieu of flowers, you may still receive some memorial arrangements. Here are some tips that will help you manage the responsibilities following your loved one’s funeral.


    You can keep your loved one’s ashes in an urn, which can be placed somewhere special inside your home. You may want to purchase more than one urn if you have other family members who want to keep your loved one’s ashes. Another option is to take the ashes to a cemetery, where they can be buried and then honored with a cremation memorial such as a bench or pedestal. Many people like to scatter ashes somewhere in nature. But because not all areas allow the scattering of human remains, it’s important to check the law before you begin scattering ashes.


    You can leave floral arrangements at home, take them to the funeral home, give them to family members, leave them at the gravesite, or give them to a hospital or retirement home as long as the arrangement is not obviously funeral-related. Take the cards that come with the arrangements so you can thank the givers.


    Many people purchase a marker or monument to place on the gravesite. You can find monuments in the form of a bench, pedestal memorials, mausoleums, and more. Personalized memorials usually contain the name, date of birth, and date of death.

    To learn more about your responsibilities following the funeral services, visit Chapel of the Chimes of Hayward, CA online. Our website has a list of resources for funeral planning, grief and healing, and funeral etiquette. Call us at (866) 475-9407 or visit our website for more information.

    What Does It Mean to Sit Shiva?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Following a burial in Jewish tradition, there is a seven-day period of mourning for the dead. This is also known as sitting shiva. It begins after the burial, when the family and everyone at the cemetery must symbolically wash their hands. If possible, it is best to sit shiva in the home where the loved one who passed away lived, because in Jewish tradition this is where the soul hovers during this period of mourning. Watch the video clip to learn more about what it means to sit shiva.

    Chapel of the Chimes is a funeral home in Hayward with a deep respect for the diversity of the many ways to mourn the death of a loved one. Visit our website to see all of the ways that we can honor the life of your loved one who passed away. For more information, call us at (866) 475-9407.

    Find Inspired Ways to Memorialize Your Loved One with Our Signature Services

    Last updated 23 days ago

    At Chapel of the Chimes, a highly respected funeral home in San Jose, we offer a range of signature services that serve as marvelous way to honor your loved one. One of our most popular services is the ceremonial dove release. We can release up to a dozen doves next to the site of your loved one’s crypt or grave. If you want something more unique, we also offer a ceremonial butterfly release, where we can release 60 butterflies in personalized envelopes or an elegant box. Chapel of the Chimes can also make memorial wristbands or framed memory portraits to commemorate your loved one. In the past we have made precious memories such as a birthstone attached to a sterling silver thumbprint charm. If you want something simple like a themed register book and a package of acknowledgement cards, we can make those for you as well.

    To learn about the many other tributes and signature services we offer at Chapel of the Chimes, visit our funeral home online. If you have any questions, give us a call at (866) 475-9407.

    How to Prepare Yourself Emotionally for the Loss of a Loved One

    Last updated 28 days ago

    The emotional impact of losing a loved one is far-reaching. If you need grief support or would like to make funeral arrangements, Chapel of the Chimes is here for you. Read on to learn more about how you can prepare for the loss of a loved one.                                                                             

    Turn to Your Support Network

    Dealing with loss requires strength and support, which is something that your support network can give you. Family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and support group peers can give support. Let your support network know what you are going through, and let them know that you may need more support or more time to be alone.

    Remember To Take Care of Yourself

    When you are under stress and dealing with difficult emotions, it’s important to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Eat well, get plenty of sleep, and don’t try to do too much. Speak to your employer about taking some time off of work if you need to. You may also want to research some of the financial and legal issues that may come up as a result of bereavement to help deal with some of the stresses in advance.

    Recognize the Stages of Grief

    The first stage is usually denial and shock, where it’s very difficult to believe that the death will occur. Anger and guilt comprise another stage, where it’s normal to get upset with yourself, others, and even the person who you lost. Bargaining is the stage of grief where you believe that you might be able to change the death of the loved one. Profound sadness is an inevitable stage of grief, and tends to be the longest lasting stage. The final stage of grief is usually acceptance.

    If you have recently lost a loved one, contact Chapel of the Chimes, a funeral home in San Jose. We are here for you as you grieve, offering grief counseling and even online support. Call us at (866) 475-9407 for more information, and visit our website to learn more about our funeral services.

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