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.

Using Gifts and Flowers to Express Your Condolences

When a friend or family member has lost someone close to them, people often struggle with how to express their sympathy. If you want to show your condolences to a grieving person when attending the funeral service, then watch this video for tips on doing so using flowers and gifts.

If the grieving individual is a friend or coworker, then it’s customary to send a standing spray or basket for display at the funeral home. Consider going in on a single, large arrangement with other friends or colleagues. Before making a purchase, ensure that the flowers that you select are appropriate for the mourners’ cultural or religious traditions.

If you or someone you know has recently suffered a loss, then please consider the grief support services in Hayward offered by Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. For information about these or our funeral planning services, please call (510) 398-6922.

How to Memorialize Cremated Remains

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Cremation is a respectful and versatile choice for after-death care. If your loved one expressed a desire to be cremated, your family may be at a loss regarding how to best memorialize him or her. First, check with the funeral home to determine if your loved one left specific instructions for cremation memorialization. If not, the funeral director can provide the information your family needs to make an appropriate decision.

Cremation Ceremonies
Contrary to popular belief, cremation services can be personalized to a greater extent compared to traditional burial services. Your family may choose to hold a visitation prior to the cremation. This allows mourners to pay their respects at the casket. Your family may then prefer to hold a private gathering or religious service before the body is cremated. Even if your family decides not to hold a visitation, you may wish to use the funeral home facilities to host a ceremony after the cremation.

Cemetery Choices
When the ashes are returned to your family for the final memorialization, you may choose interment in the cemetery. An indoor or outdoor mausoleum provides surviving family members and friends the opportunity to gather together at the resting place to share reflections. Granite memorial benches, altered natural boulders, and glass-front niches are all possibilities for interring your loved one’s remains.

Family Memories
Long after the cremation ceremony, your family can honor the memory of your loved one. It is not uncommon for families to request special cremation jewelry as a way of memorializing their loved ones. Cremation jewelry contains a small amount of the individual’s cremains carefully locked away inside the design. It is also possible to turn cremains into synthetic diamonds. Cremation jewelry enables families to keep their loved ones close to them in a literal and emotional sense. There are many other ways of memorializing your loved one, including planting a tree in his or her honor, compiling a scrapbook of family history, and holding an ash scattering ceremony.

For sensitive and respectful cremation services near Hayward, your family can trust Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. Our memorial park has been serving area families for more than 140 years. Contact us at (510) 398-6922 to discuss your family’s choices for memorializing a loved one’s cremated remains.

Funeral Ceremonies from Chapel of the Chimes Hayward

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After the loss of a loved one, the funeral service allows bereaved family members and friends to come together to support each other and to celebrate the life of their loved one. At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we understand how important it is for families to be able to personalize the funeral service. We work closely with each family to design funeral ceremonies that reflect the decedent’s personality and the family’s preferences.

Our funeral ceremony options include a ceremonial dove or butterfly release to symbolize the transformative nature of death and the release of the spirit. A flower tribute ceremony enables mourners to place roses or seasonal flowers at the final resting place. Our funeral home also offers processional escorts and the use of our comfortable reception room.

If it’s time for your family to arrange a funeral in Hayward, you can contact us at (510) 398-6922. The funeral directors at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward are dedicated to providing compassionate and respectful services for every family.

Decisions to Make When You're Pre-Planning a Funeral

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Although funeral pre-planning is becoming more widely utilized in the U.S., many people are still taken aback by the idea of making their own final arrangements. Yet, there are numerous benefits to doing so. For example, funeral pre-planning allows you to specify your wishes and relieve your family members of the burden of making these decisions during a time of grief. When you’re making your own arrangements, you can be as specific and as imaginative as you’d like.

Choosing Cremation or Traditional Burial
One of the first decisions you will have to make is whether you wish to be cremated or buried. Many people make this choice in accordance with their faith, but if you are non-religious or you are an adherent to a faith that allows either burial or cremation, you’ll have to examine your personal preferences. Both cremation and burial are respectful choices, and you can rest assured that your remains will be handled with the utmost of care regardless of which option you choose.

Considering the Final Interment
If you’ve chosen a traditional burial, you may wish to purchase your burial plot ahead of time. Some families choose private burial estates to allow multiple generations of family members to share the same final resting place. In addition to an in-ground burial, other options are indoor and outdoor mausoleums. If you choose to be cremated, you may prefer that your remains be interred in a memorial park or you may prefer that your family scatters your ashes.

Specifying Religious or Non-Theistic Preferences
It’s important to specify your preferences with regard to religious elements of the ceremony, particularly if you do not share the same faith as your loved ones. You might choose to have a traditional Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Buddhist service, for example. If you are non-theistic, you should clearly state your preferences for leaving all religious references out of the services. Non-theistic individuals in particular may wish to choose selected readings, music, and other stylistic elements in advance.

When you’re ready to pre-plan a funeral, you can find the resources and guidance you need at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. We are a full-service funeral home and memorial park in Hayward that prides itself on offering thoughtful guidance for families of all backgrounds. Call us at (510) 398-6922 or visit us online to view our funeral pre-planning guide.

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.

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