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.

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.

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.

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