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.

A Guide to Funeral Etiquette

If a friend or acquaintance is arranging a funeral, you should spare a few minutes to observe proper etiquette. Before the funeral service, send a sympathy card to the family. It is not necessary to write a lengthy letter; simply say that you are sorry for the family’s loss. As long as it is not a Jewish funeral, you could also send flowers to the family. Some families request donations made in the decedent’s name in lieu of flowers.

Before leaving for the funeral home, watch this video for more etiquette advice. The expert featured here reminds viewers to turn off cellphones before the service and listen attentively to the speakers. He also offers some tips for delivering a eulogy.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward arranges funeral services in Hayward for families of all backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. Call (510) 398-6922 to speak with a funeral director.

The Benefits of Choosing Cremation

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It’s often thought that cremation involves limited options for honoring a loved one, but in fact, cremation is a highly respectful and flexible choice for many families. If your loved one did not pre-plan his or her arrangements and the family’s religious traditions allow cremation, you may wish to speak with a funeral director about whether this could be an appropriate choice for your loved one.

Cremation offers many options for memorialization.

Choosing cremation allows families to personalize the arrangements to suit their unique needs. If you expect out-of-town relatives to attend the service, it may be appropriate to arrange the cremation first, with the services to follow at a later date. If a visitation is to be held, it may be scheduled before or after the cremation. When the cremation is complete, you may choose to inter your loved one in an indoor or outdoor niche at the memorial park or to keep the urn at home.

Cremation is an environmentally friendly choice.
Cremation is an appropriate choice for a decedent who valued environmental stewardship. As the population grows, many people are concerned about the space that burial plots use. Cremation can also eliminate the need for embalming, which uses environmentally undesirable chemicals.

Cremation allows families to stay close to their loved ones.
When a family needs to move out of the area, this decision can be particularly difficult when a loved one has been buried. Choosing cremation allows your family to keep your loved one’s ashes close to home even after that home is relocated.

Cremation is a respectful choice that is also affordable.
On-site cremation services reassure families that their loved ones’ remains will be handled with the utmost in respect and care. Not only is cremation a respectful choice, it’s an affordable one that allows your family to say your final goodbyes without suffering the added burden of financial stress.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward provides respectful cremation services for families in Hayward and beyond. Our compassionate funeral directors have helped families from all backgrounds plan cremation ceremonies and funeral services. If you need to arrange a funeral, call us at (510) 398-6922 and let us know how we can help your family during this difficult time.

A History of Chapel of the Chimes Hayward

Chapel of the Chimes HaywardIn 1872, a small cemetery was founded in Hayward. It covered a modest seven acres. Today, Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is pleased to provide comprehensive pre-need and at-need funeral services, burial services, cremation, and grief support services to families throughout Northern California. Our end-of-life service company has grown to become the largest family of funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries in the region.

It is our mission to offer a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on as families seek the most appropriate way to celebrate their loved one’s life and say their final goodbyes. We are honored to serve families from all walks of life and who follow all sorts of cultural, religious, and ethnic traditions.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward invites you to stroll through the beautiful, peaceful grounds of our memorial park in Hayward and meet with one of our caring funeral directors to discuss your family’s unique needs. You can reach us at (510) 398-6922.

What to Wear for a Funeral

Attending funeral services is a respectful and thoughtful way to show your sympathy to the bereaved family. It’s always best to dress in a conservative fashion. Choose formal clothing in black or dark blues, greys, or browns. If you’re wearing a dress, choose one that has sleeves or wear a wrap with it.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, it’s also a good idea to find out in advance if you will need to adjust your clothing to accommodate religious customs. Some funerals require headscarves for women, for example.

If you plan to attend funeral services in Hayward, it’s customary to send a sympathy gift to the family. Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers thoughtful sympathy gifts available from our online store. Call our funeral home at (510) 398-6922 for more information about our services, including grief support.

5 Facts about Funeral Pre-Planning [INFOGRAPHIC]

Funeral planning isn’t a topic many people look forward to discussing, but pre-planning a funeral could be one of the most loving things you do for your family. In the wake of the loss of a loved one, families are thrust into the sometimes chaotic process of planning funeral services. While the funeral home can assist with decision making, many families are left wondering if they are honoring their loved one’s true wishes, not to mention how to pay for the service. By planning ahead, you can make the decisions about your funeral for your loved ones and lock in lower prices to ease both the emotional and financial burdens of saying goodbye. Get the facts about funeral pre-planning in this infographic from Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. We can provide extensive help with funeral pre-planning near Hayward to make the process as easy as possible. Contact us to learn more, and please share this information to help other families.

Funeral Pre-Planning Hayward

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