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.

Supporting Your Parents Through the Funeral Pre-Planning Process

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Planning a funeral is rarely an event that proceeds without challenging emotions and difficult choices. Yet, planning ahead can lift the burden significantly. With funeral pre-planning services, parents can ensure that their wishes will be carried out and adult children will be relieved of the weighty responsibility of making decisions in the midst of their grief.

Consider Pre-Planning Your Own Arrangements
Sometimes, parents approach adult children to discuss their plans and explain their choices. In many families; however, adult children must find a way to broach the topic with their parents. It may be helpful for you to break the ice by discussing your own pre-need arrangements. Offer your assistance in helping your parents research their options. Additionally, making your own pre-need arrangements will give you some experience with the process that may benefit your parents’ planning process.

Discuss the Options
When your parents are ready to make pre-planning choices, you can offer to help them navigate a funeral home’s website or make an appointment with a pre-planning advisor. Since the sheer amount of information may be overwhelming, it’s best to think of pre-planning as a gradual process, rather than an hours-long affair.

Put Details and Preferences in Writing
Once your parents are familiar with their options, they might begin by making the major decisions first. These include whether they prefer to be buried or cremated. If they prefer to be buried or interred, the next step is to select a location. Once these decisions are made, you can help your parents consider their options for the memorial service or religious service. Consider whether your parents have preferences for music, passage, and flower selection. Of course, it isn’t required that your parents express preferences for every detail; they should feel free to make their plans in the manner that they wish. Help your parents stay organized by putting the details in writing.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward provides extensive support services to help individuals and families with their funeral pre-planning needs. You can begin the pre-planning process on our website or visit our funeral home in Hayward to sit down with one of our pre-planning advisors. Families can reach us at (510) 398-6922.

Writing a Sympathy Card

Sending a sympathy card before or after the funeral services is a thoughtful gesture. However, it isn’t always easy to know what to write. Avoid trying to “fix” the situation with religious remarks or other platitudes. Keep your note brief and sincere.

When you watch this video, you’ll hear some helpful tips on what to include in a sympathy card. It recommends acknowledging the recipient’s loss and expressing your genuine sympathy. You can conclude the note with an open-ended offer to help in any way the recipient needs.

Along with our funeral services and cremation services, Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers grief support services near Hayward. Call (510) 398-6922 to discuss grief counseling or visit our online sympathy store for flower arrangements.

Muslim Traditions After a Death

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Funeral services in Hayward can vary tremendously according to family and religious traditions. While Catholic funerals involve a church service, Jewish funerals mandate that the deceased have proper burial services instead of cremation. After the death of a loved one, it is important to work with a funeral home that has handled the kind of funeral services you prefer. Continue reading to find out more about Muslim traditions for departed loved ones.

Funeral Prayer
A special funeral prayer is an important element of all Muslim funeral services. Prayer services should be performed in the same city or area where the person died. A funeral prayer is designed to be performed in congregation by both men and women, and even individuals who did not know the deceased are encouraged to participate in this ritual. Because the Prophet said that forty pious Muslims should pray for each deceased, Muslim families encourage as many people as possible to attend funeral services and pray together.

Mourning Rituals
Islamic mourning rituals require that the eyes of a deceased are closed immediately after death. A simple prayer is said before the body is completely covered in a pious shroud. While normal grief is permissible under Islam, the religion discourages wailing and screaming.

Proper Burial
Islam advises burial for all individuals who have died. Rich or poor, all Muslims are buried in cemeteries and with similar burial services. After identifying a burial plot, it is important to bury the body of a deceased as soon as possible after death. However, no burial services may occur between sunrise and when the sun has completely risen. Burial services are also restricted from when the sun begins to pale and when it has set.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is proud to offer Muslim funeral services in addition to Catholic funerals and Jewish funerals. Whether you want to pre-plan a funeral or want more information on how to arrange a funeral for a deceased loved one, contact our funeral home by calling (510) 398-6922 today.

What to Do After You Pre-Plan

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Funeral pre-planning is increasingly preferred by individuals who want to ensure their final wishes are protected upon their passing. Planning ahead for your funeral services also allows your surviving loved ones to focus on celebrating your life rather than spending time on planning funeral services, which can be stressful and overwhelming.

When you pre-plan a funeral, it is important to keep your information and documents organized so your loved ones can access them if necessary. After funeral pre-planning, let your loved ones know you have planned your funeral services and where to find copies of necessary documents. Additionally, you should consider paying for your funeral services as part of the planning ahead process.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is here for all your funeral pre-planning needs. Contact us at (510) 398-6922 to take a tour of our cemetery in Hayward, select a burial plot, and discuss your options for funeral services with our experienced staff.

Understanding the Stages of Grief

Funeral services can feel overwhelming. However, if you work with a compassionate and experienced funeral home, it is possible to view planning a funeral as a cathartic act that also celebrates a life well lived. Grieving your deceased loved one is an essential part of the process, which is why some funeral homes offer grief counseling. Continue reading to learn more about the stages of grief, including anger, depression, and acceptance.

Initial Anger
As your funeral home knows, anger is a necessary stage of the healing process. Almost everyone feels angry after a loved one departs. You may feel angry at the doctor who was unable to make your sick family member better, at a higher power for taking your loved one away, or even at your friend for leaving this earth without you.

Later Depression
After anger, the next stage of grief is an immense sadness. After spending energy planning funeral services and planning a cremation ceremony or burial services, many mourners feel empty. Depression may involve withdrawing from social activities and spending time alone in contemplation. After a great loss, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by grief and to allow yourself to mourn.

Ultimate Acceptance
Acceptance of a loved one’s death takes time and rarely happens upon simply leaving the cemetery. Acceptance can be confused with being okay with a loved one’s death. Most people never feel right about the fact that a close friend or family member is gone, and that is a perfectly natural impulse. Acceptance simply means recognizing that a loved one is no longer physically present and will not be returning.

In addition to funeral services and funeral planning in Hayward, Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers complimentary grief counseling. Our funeral home is dedicated to making sure that you can celebrate the life of your deceased loved one while also properly mourning his or her death. If you are planning a funeral or want to know more about planning ahead, call us at (510) 398-6922.

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