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 Look at the Brookside Cremation Garden

Funeral Home HaywardWhen considering cremation as part of the funeral services for a deceased loved one, many people have questions about what they can do with the cremated remains. One of your options is to have them buried in a cremation garden. At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we offer a wide range of cemetery options for cremated remains, one of which is burial within the Brookside Cremation Garden.

The Brookside Cremation Garden features beautiful memorials that are handcrafted from fine granite. Each one is designed to house one or more urns in a discreet way and can also work as a traditional burial marker. These memorials celebrate the life and personalities of deceased individuals and can provide comfort and inspiration for surviving family members.

Are you looking for a memorial park near Hayward? If so, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 400-4442 for more information about our cremation gardens, memorial services, and grief support services.

Steps to Take When Planning a Funeral

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After the loss of a loved one, arranging funeral services can feel confusing and overwhelming. However, knowing what needs to be accomplished can make this task easier. If you’re planning a funeral, then read on to learn about what steps you should take during this process.

Take a Moment
Unfortunately, many people make decisions that they later regret when arranging a funeral because of the pressure that they feel and the fact that they’ve never planned a funeral before. While some religions require a quick burial, many do not demand that you make any decisions immediately. If you are under time constraints due to religious requirements, reach out to your local religious leader and take advantage of the resources that they offer.

Make Careful Decisions
After slowing down and allowing yourself some time to accept the news, there are a few basic decisions that you should make. If the deceased did not leave indications regarding their funeral service preferences, then you will need to select between cremation and burial, decide what type of funeral service you would like to hold, determine if there will be a memorial, and choose if there will be a viewing or not.

Ask for Help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the decisions that you need to make or your everyday duties in addition to the funeral planning, then do not hesitate to ask for help. Reach out to your friends and family and let them know what you need to get through this stressful time, whether it be assistance with planning the funeral, babysitting, or even grocery shopping. Trying to take on all of the funeral responsibilities plus your normal ones will only make the planning process more stressful and emotional, so being prepared to ask for help during this time is key.

Are you planning a funeral near Hayward? If so, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 400-4442 for information about our services.

What to Consider When Choosing Between Cremation and a Traditional Burial

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Whether you're planning ahead for your memorial, or you’re in the process of arranging funeral services for a deceased loved one, you may need to choose between cremation and a traditional burial. Continue reading to learn what you should consider when making this decision.

Knowing a bit more about each option can help you make this choice. Cremation involves burning the body into cremated remains, or ashes, which can be buried, kept by the family, scattered, or stored in a cremation niche. With burial, the body remains intact and can be buried or entombed immediately after the person’s death, funeral, or memorial.

Many people turn to cremation as a more affordable funeral service option. While it’s true that going with cremation is generally less expensive than a traditional burial, keep in mind that the costs can end up being similar, depending on the various decision that you make regarding the process, funeral services, and memorialization options.

For some situations, time becomes a factor when it comes to arranging a funeral. If time constraints affect your situation and you need to complete the funeral services within a short frame of time, then cremation prior to a funeral service may be the best option. However, if you want to include a viewing in the services or if you would prefer the body remain intact until funeral rites are performed, then burying the body immediately after the funeral or memorial may be your best option.

Religion and Culture
If you or the deceased adhere to a specific religion or culture, then it’s important to consider any associated funeral traditions. Before making any decisions, speak with your local cultural or religious leader to learn more about what is viewed as appropriate and ideal regarding burials and funeral services.

If you’re organizing funeral services or wish to pre-plan your funeral in Hayward, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 400-4442 to learn about your options and the helpful resources that we offer.

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) 400-4442.

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.

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