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.

Tips for Supporting a Friend Who Is Grieving

If a friend has recently lost a loved one, it can be difficult to know how to offer support. Our Hayward grief counseling services can help people during this time, but you can also help your friend by being there, listening, and helping. Follow these tips if your friend is grieving:

Be There to Listen

It is normal to want to say something that can help a loved one when he or she is feeling upset. When a loved one experiences a loss, it is more important to think about the best ways to listen instead of the right things to say. Your loved one may want to talk about the deceased and how they are feeling now. Being there to listen will help your friend through the grieving process. Even if your friend does not want to talk, you can be there to simply offer support and assurance.

Offer to Help With Responsibilities

Losing a loved one can make a person feel like their world has suddenly changed in a significant way, yet people must keep up with regular responsibilities during this time. You can support your grieving friend by offering to help with these responsibilities. This can include household chores like cleaning or buying groceries as well as handling phone calls and taking on funeral arrangements. Ask your friend what you can do to help during this difficult time.

Attend the Funeral

Even if you were not very close with the deceased, it might be a good idea to attend the funeral in order to provide support to your friend. If your friend wants you to be at the funeral, make sure you take time off so you can attend. You might want to arrive to your friend’s home early to provide support before the funeral and offer to spend time with him or her after the service as well.

Learn more about grief counseling and funeral planning by contacting Chapel of the Chimes Hayward today. You can give us a call at (510) 398-6922 for information about cremation and burial options.

How to Act as a Pallbearer

Have you been asked to be the pallbearer at a deceased loved one’s funeral? Pallbearers are responsible for lifting and carrying the casket to the cemetery, plot, or hearse throughout the funeral service. Family of the deceased usually ask people who were close to the deceased to take on this honor during this difficult time.

As you will see in this video, you will need to arrive to the funeral location about half an hour or an hour before the service is scheduled to perform. During this time, you and the other pallbearers will work out the details to make sure everyone is prepared. You will also decide your order regarding carrying the handles on the sides of the casket.

You can learn more about funeral planning in Hayward from the friendly staff at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. Give us a call at (510) 398-6922 to get answers to your questions about funeral planning and cremation services.

A Look at Catholic Funeral Traditions

Funeral planning in Hayward requires a closer look at cultural, religious, and social traditions. Even though Catholicism has different degrees of orthodoxy, most Catholics believe that death is the passing from the physical world to the afterlife so that the deceased’s soul will live on in the afterlife. In planning ahead for a Catholic funeral, a priest should be brought in to administer special rites and Holy Communion when death is imminent. This closer look at Catholic funeral traditions will help you plan a respectful ceremony for a loved one.

Catholic Funeral Traditions - Chapel of the Chimes Hayward

Administering necessary rites

After death, the family should contact a priest to administer the necessary rites and initiate the funeral planning process. Many local churches will have relationships with Catholic or Catholic-friendly funeral homes. As a result, reaching out to the deceased’s priest is a great way to find the right funeral home.

Timing the funeral service

Catholics may not hold funeral masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, or Easter Sunday. During Advent, Lent, and Easter, the church also prohibits funeral masses on Sundays. However, a funeral mass may be held on Ash Wednesday, but the ashes won’t be distributed in the church.

Donating organs

There is disagreement within the Catholic Church on the acceptability of organ donation. Many Catholic leaders now follow the medical diagnosis that the end of brain function constitutes the end of life. Following this view, Catholics may be organ donors, as organ donation will serve as a final charitable act a person can make.

Choosing cremation

The Catholic Church was historically opposed to cremation services. However, the church now allows a Catholic’s remains to be cremated, so long as the body is present for the funeral mass. However, instead of scattering the ashes, the remains should be buried or entombed in a columbarium. Embalming is also acceptable according to the Catholic faith.

For more than 140 years, Chapel of the Chimes Hayward has provided local families with end-of-life services, which account for diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural traditions. If you’re planning a Catholic funeral service, please call us at (888) 960-1302. We are one of the most comprehensive funeral and cremation service providers in Northern California.

Planning a Cremation Ceremony

Despite the common misconceptions surrounding cremation services, there are actually a wide variety of options for ceremony and memorialization. Through funeral pre-planning, you and your family can decide on the cremation ceremony you desire. If you choose simple cremation, you can still have a full body visitation with a ceremonial casket as well as a private gathering prior to the cremation process.

Many people who choose cremation services would like to have a personal ceremonial gathering or religious tribute, without the full body visitation. Either way, the funeral home will take the deceased into its care, arranging the transportation and act of cremation. After, the funeral home will deliver the ashes directly to the person or place you designate. Following the tribute, ashes can also be stored in granite memorial benches or boulders that have been adapted to hold cremated remains.

Call (888) 960-1302 to learn more about planning a cremation ceremony with Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. We are committed to providing the burial and memorialization services you seek with the compassionate, friendly care you deserve.

Talking to Your Loved Ones About Funeral Planning

It can be difficult to think about end-of-life decisions, which is why only a fraction of Americans actually pre-plan funeral services. Yet, for caregivers, initiating a conversation on funeral pre-planning now can make everyone involved more comfortable later. Though emotions may run high during this time, there are ways to respectfully encourage elderly loved ones to verbalize their desires when it comes to funeral and cemetery decisions.

Breaking the ice

Staring the conversation on how to pre-plan a funeral is at least half the battle. At the same time, the sooner someone starts the conversation, the more likely the conversation will focus on legacy instead of loss. Regardless of an elderly parent’s age, adult children should begin this conversation with a statement demonstrating care for the parent’s interests and well being. An adult child should acknowledge that this might be a difficult conversation, but ask if the parent is willing to discuss some of the ways he or she wishes to be remembered.

Guiding the conversation

After initiating the conversation, the best resource is to talk directly to the funeral home about different services and selections available. Funeral home staff can help families create a meaningful, personalized ceremony based on loved one’s final wishes. The funeral home staff will also account for the emotional needs of the family by discussing the arrangement process in detail.

Researching options

Pre-planning a funeral is not a one-day task. Families need to take time to research and choose the service that is the best fit. This ensures the ceremony is personalized and within the family’s budget. When an adult child discusses funeral planning with a parent, he or she should commit the parent’s wishes in writing and read it back to communicate understanding.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward helps families make end-of-life decisions while accounting for diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural differences. Our family of cemeteries, funeral homes, and crematories are spread throughout Northern California and we offer the most comprehensive end-of-life services in the region. For more information about planning a funeral ceremony for a loved one, please call us toll-free at (888) 960-1302.

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