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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.

Proper Etiquette at a Muslim Funeral

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In the Muslim community, the funeral and burial service are typically held shortly after death, without a wake or viewing. If you’ll be attending a Muslim funeral service, knowing what to expect and how to act will ensure you show respect and support for a family mourning their loss.

Expect a Large Crowd
In the Muslim religion, death is often seen as a loss not only for the family, but for the community as a whole. Thus, it is not uncommon for funerals to host large crowds of mourners. Knowing to expect a crowd will ensure that you won’t feel overwhelmed during the funeral service; always act respectfully to others, even if you don’t recognize them or aren’t sure how they are related to the deceased.

Dress Modestly
When attending a Muslim funeral service, dressing modestly in dark colors shows respect for the deceased and their family, as well as reverence for the funeral proceedings. Men should wear dark or neutral suits with pant legs, sleeves, and collars that cover the arms, legs, and chest completely. Women should wear loose-fitting dresses or suits that cover all skin except for the hands, neck, and face, while makeup and jewelry should be avoided. Additionally, women should bring a scarf to cover their head, although non-Muslim women need not wear traditional hijab.

Call Ahead
If you have any questions about the funeral service you’ll be attending, don’t hesitate to call the family or the funeral home for answers. There are many different forms of Islam, and many different ways that a family might choose to hold a funeral service for their loved one. Asking questions ensures that you will dress and behave properly at the funeral, rather than relying on your best guess.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is committed to providing funeral services that meet your family’s spiritual and personal needs. Our cemetery and memorial park in Hayward includes two dedicated gardens to serve our Muslim community. You can call our funeral home at (510) 398-6922 or visit our website to learn more about our funeral and burial services.

Tips for Writing a Eulogy

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A eulogy is typically a short speech that honors and praises an individual; eulogies are often read during funeral services to pay homage to the deceased and highlight his values or accomplishments. If you’ve been asked to give a eulogy during a memorial or funeral service, it’s best to write down and organize your thoughts ahead of time. Many people start by listing their experiences with and memories of the deceased, then selecting a few stories or memories that best capture the relationship they shared. You may also wish to outline important dates such as graduations, weddings, and other accomplishments, as well as highlight relationships with other family or friends. Keep in mind that your eulogy needn’t be long—most eulogies are best kept to just a few minutes, which allows time to share your personal memories and grief within the larger framework of the funeral service.

Eulogies honor the deceased and bring mourners together to share cherished memories and thoughts. If you’d like to learn more about planning ahead or arranging a personalized funeral ceremony near Hayward, you can contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward via our website or by calling our funeral home at (510) 398-6922.

Chung Yeung at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward

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We would like to thank everyone that participated in Chapel of the Chimes Hayward’s annual Chung Yeung festival. Chapel of the Chimes celebrated with traditional food, lion dancers, kite flying, and the blessing of the altar. Chung Yeung origins date back to the Han Dynasty era. The festival is a Chinese custom which pays tribute to their ancestors. The holiday is also known as the Autumn Remembrance which falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese Lunar calendar. Chapel of the Chimes celebrated with their own unique event schedules to pay respects and rememberance to those who have passed. Chung Yeung is celebrated globally as this is a popular day to visit cemeteries and offerings at the grave sites.

For more information on Chung Yeung or to learn more about our locations please visit any of the links provided.

What to Say at a Funeral

It is often difficult to know what to say to a family experiencing grief. This video offers several tips to help those attending a funeral express grief and show support in a respectful way. Affirming the loss and recognizing its impact on those mourning allows grieving loved ones to embrace their sadness, rather than feel ashamed. If you aren’t sure what to say, don’t try to say anything—simply make yourself present and available to listen and provide ongoing support and love, especially in the days and weeks after the funeral services have concluded.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we recognize that the loss of a loved one is a difficult time. Our funeral home in Hayward offers personalized funeral services and cremation services, as well as ongoing grief support services for your family. Please visit our website or call us at (510) 398-6922 for help and support.

Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

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Losing a loved one is a difficult experience for the family and friends left behind. After a death, finding ways to honor and memorialize the deceased allows their memory and their values to live on. There are many ways to memorialize a loved one, from holding a traditional funeral service to finding creative ways to share your most cherished memories with those who are also grieving.

Write an Elegy
An elegy is a reflective poem written to express love and grief after a death. Writing an elegy allows friends and family members to put their feelings of sadness and loss into words without the need to tell a story or create a public speech. You can choose to share your elegy at your loved one’s funeral service, or simply keep your writing private as a personal form of grief and remembrance.ele

Donate to a Charity or Cause
Donating time, money, or materials to a charity or cause that your loved one supported is a wonderful way to honor his values and goals. Many families opt to include information about donations to charitable causes in lieu of flowers in their loved one’s obituary. This option allows mourners to memorialize the deceased in a personal, positive, and lasting way.

Create a Scrapbook
Scrapbooking allows family and friends to work together in the creation of a tangible reflection of their loved one’s life and accomplishments. Creating a scrapbook can bring those grieving closer together by allowing them to share memories as a group. You can undertake this project on your own, or seek the assistance of your funeral home to create a memorial tribute to share during or after the funeral.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, our funeral home staff can help you memorialize the values, accomplishments, and personality of your loved one. Our funeral services in Hayward include cemetery burial and cremation services, as well as veteran’s honors, personalized memorials, and signature services. Please visit our website to learn more, or reach out to us by phone at (510) 398-6922 for caring and compassionate professional assistance.

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