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Why Guilt Is a Common Part of Grieving and What You Can Do About It

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Coping with a loss is one of the greatest challenges that people face, and the associated pain is often overwhelming. For these reasons, it’s not uncommon for people to experience unexpected or difficult emotions after the funeral service and while grieving, and one of these is guilt. Keep reading for advice on coping with feelings of guilt while you grieve.

Grieving and Emotions
Feelings of guilt are among the most common symptoms of grief. People can feel guilty about something that they did or didn’t say or do after losing a loved one, or about feeling relieved when someone passes after a long battle with illness. While still coping with the loss, you might find yourself smiling or laughing about something, and then feel guilty about feeling happy. Finally, many people feel guilty about events that led to a person’s death, imagining that they could have said or done something to prevent it.

Grieving Versus Depression
Grief and depression resemble one another in several ways. However, grief can be thought of like a roller coaster that’s filled with ups, downs, and moments of happiness and laughter. On the other hand, depression often causes ongoing and constant feelings of despair and loss and may lead to a sense of guilt that is pervasive and intense. If you believe that your feelings of guilt are a symptom of depression, then speak with a mental health professional right away.

Grieving and Coping
For many people, the feelings of guilt that they experience are a natural part of their coping process. However, there are several steps that you can take to make coping with guilt easier. First, identify what you’re feeling guilty about and share this with a counselor or trusted friend. Also, be aware of your thoughts and disrupt ones associated with guilt. Finally, consider joining a support group or taking advantage of grief counseling, which can be incredibly beneficial for coping with grief and feelings of guilt.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers cremation, funeral planning, and grief support services near Hayward. To contact our funeral home, please dial (510) 400-4442.

Spotlight on Jewish Funeral Traditions

Jewish funerals involve readings of psalms, prayers, and a eulogy. There are usually no flowers, as these are considered symbols of life, and the casket is typically kept closed as a sign of respect toward the deceased. If you’ve been invited to attend a Jewish funeral service, then watch this video to learn more about what you can expect during the ceremony.

In Judaism, “ levaya” is the word for funeral, and it means “accompanying.” In Jewish funerals, accompanying someone to his or her final resting place is an act of kindness and love. The funeral may begin at the gravesite, a synagogue, or a funeral home, and men are expected to cover their heads during the ceremony.

At our funeral home in Hayward, our experienced and compassionate staff offers a broad range of funeral services and resources. For more information, please call Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 400-4442.

Should You Ever Make Funeral Attendance Mandatory for Your Children?

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Has your family been invited to attend a funeral ceremony, but you’re unsure if you should bring your children along? If so, then you’re like many parents who have questions about the appropriateness of making children attend funeral services.

It’s common for adults to look back with regret on funerals that they weren’t allowed to attend as children. On the other hand, it’s uncommon for adults to regret attending a funeral service as a child. While funerals may be difficult for children, just as they are for adults, attending may help them understand and cope with the loss, as well as prepare them for losses that they will experience in the future.

First, speak honestly with your children about the purpose of the funeral and what they can expect while there. If you feel it would benefit your children to attend, but they are hesitant, then consider putting a backup plan in place, so that they may leave the service if they feel uncomfortable.

If you’re looking for a funeral home in Hayward, then please consider Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. For information about our location and funeral services, call us today at (510) 400-4442.

What to Expect if You Attend a Muslim Funeral

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Funerals are events that require etiquette and respect for the deceased and his or her family, so it’s ideal to know what is involved and how to behave at this type of event. If you’re planning to attend a Muslim funeral service, then continue reading to learn what you can expect while there.

What Isn’t Done
Knowing a bit more about Muslim funeral customs can prepare you to exhibit proper etiquette at the funeral. Muslim funeral services do not involve a viewing, visitation, or wake. Also, it’s important to realize that cremation is forbidden to Muslims because it is believed that the body must return to the earth. For this reason, cremation will not be part of the deceased’s final services. Also, it is not permitted to take photos, tape recordings, or video recordings during the service.

What Is Done
Attendees remove their shoes before entering the prayer hall, and you may be directed or led to a seat when you arrive. The service is held at a funeral home and will be conducted by a prayer leader or imam. After the prayer, the congregation forms 2 lines and carries the coffin toward the burial site. After the casket is lowered, the imam offers final prayers.

What People Wear
One of the most common questions that people have about going to funerals of any type is proper attire. When attending a Muslim funeral, first refer to the invitation for any guidance on what to wear. If no indications are included, then men should opt for attire that is respectful and avoid wearing jeans. Women are expected to cover their head with a scarf and to wear either a dress or skirt and top that cover the arms and the knees, with an ankle-length and modest garment in muted or dark colors being preferable.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we have 2 gardens with space specifically for the Muslim Community. If you need to plan a Muslim funeral in Hayward, then please give us a call at (510) 400-4442 for information about our services and cemetery.

Making Homemade Sympathy Cards

Have you been invited to attend a funeral service and wish to express your sympathy in a thoughtful way? If so, then one option you might consider is crafting your own condolence card. Watch this video for guidance on making homemade sympathy cards.

To make something beautiful and unique that is still respectful, consider using a stencil and stamping the front of the card in a single color of ink. Then, using a sympathy stamp, apply the same ink and stamp your white cardstock. Next, adhere the stamped cardstock to the front of the card. Finally, consider printing out a quote or poem and gluing it to the inside of the sympathy card.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers grief support, cremation, burial, and funeral services at our funeral home in Hayward. Please call (510) 398-6922 if you would like to learn more.

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