Many religious and cultural groups follow specific funeral rites.
Jewish funerals in particular often adhere to defined traditions that are passed on from
one generation to the next. With the right funeral home in Hayward, Jewish
families can have peace of mind that their wishes for the deceased are
Preparing the Body
funeral home typically provides body cleansing and embalming services for passed loved
ones. However, within the Jewish tradition, the deceased is not to be
embalmed at all. Normal custom dictates that the body receives only an
external cleansing by those of the same gender. Once this process is complete,
the deceased is clothed in plain white garments in preparation for the
Burying the Deceased
Time plays a critical role in Jewish funerals. Unless extenuating circumstances
present, the funeral service should take place as soon as possible after
a loved one’s death. For this reason, Jewish families may want to
consider pre-planning funerals so that no delays occur once a family member
passes away. Generally, Jewish tradition favors casket burial over cremation,
so the purchase of a burial site ahead of time may likewise facilitate
funeral and cemetery services once they become necessary.
Mourning the Loss
As with other types of funerals, Jewish funerals provide family members,
friends, and other loved ones the chance to commemorate the life of the
deceased. During this time, it should be kept in mind that someone from
the family must look over the body of the passed loved one until the cemetery
service is over. Otherwise, all those in attendance at the funeral can
gather together to mourn their loss. Family members may even ceremoniously
rip their attire to show their grief. After the funeral, the traditional
mourning period continues for several more days.
Chapel of the Chimes offers thoughtful and detailed funeral services that honor the religious
and cultural traditions of those who use our funeral home, and we gladly
welcome those with specific funeral or burial needs. Call (510) 471-3362
for more information on our many customizable funeral and cemetery services.