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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.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2012

Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Chapel of the Chimes!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2012

Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Chapel of the Chimes!

Exploring Chinese Burial Rituals

Chinese Script-Dragon (Clipping Path!)

China is an enormous country comprised of many different regions and dialects, giving rise to many different traditions. In addition, the Chinese diaspora has spread out all over the world, meaning that ethnic Chinese in countries such as Taiwan, Malaysia, and the United States have created their own funeral rituals.  It’s therefore impossible to cover Chinese rituals in their entirety, but exploring certain aspects of some of the traditions can be both fascinating and illuminating:

A Mark of Respect

In mainland China, respect is traditionally something that is shown to older family members: The older you are, the more respect you are owed from your relatives.  This is why the services for older members of the family are most likely to be as elaborate as the family can afford, while the service for a young, unmarried person is likely to be fairly simple.

Coming Home

Many traditional mainland Chinese services are actually held at the family home.  Burial services for family members who did not die at home are usually conducted directly outside the house, while burial services for people who have passed at home will be within the home. Some Chinese burial traditions may seem strange to outsiders. For example, the burial services are usually pre-planned or arranged before the person’s passing. 

Color Coding

Traditional Chinese burial services require a complex color code, one very different from the subdued blacks and grays to which the Western world is accustomed. The color red is forbidden, except to cover religious figurines or to decorate the envelopes of money that are offered to mourners. This is because red is a color that means luck or happiness. The person is dressed in their finest outfit, but is also shrouded by two different pieces of cloth; blue for the body, yellow for the face. You can also tell the relationship of a mourner to the deceased by the clothing the mourner is wearing, since only immediate family members wear black, while grandchildren and great-grandchildren wear blue and light blue, respectively.

If a member of your family has passed on and you want to honor them by holding a traditional Chinese burial service, then you should consult with Chapel of the Chimes. Chapel of the Chimes works with the relatives of the deceased to provide the most respectful and appropriate burial services possible. To learn more about how we can help you during this difficult time, please call (510) 471-3363.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2012

Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Chapel of the Chimes!

The Benefits of Planning Your Funeral Services in Advance

Pre Planning Funeral

Planning your funeral service in advance provides you and your loved ones with some great advantages. To learn more about these advantages, continue reading:

Ensure That Your Wishes Are Respected

It’s doubtful that your loved ones or the estate and funeral planning service would intentionally create a funeral service that doesn’t your personality, but that can all-too-easily happen if you don’t leave behind instructions. Grieving family members may not be able to cope with the details of the funeral service, leaving the company to try to piece together a service without ever having met you or spoken with to you. In such instances, non-religious individuals may be honored with a ceremony rife with religious overtones, while devout decedents might have funeral services rarely broach the subject of faith.

This doesn’t have to happen if you plan ahead.  If you meet with an estate planning service and carefully lay out exactly what you want and what you believe is appropriate for your funeral service, then you don’t have to worry about being misrepresented. Even better, you’ll be able to provide your surviving loved ones the comfort of knowing that your funeral service truly reflects you.

Ease the Burdens on Your Loved Ones

No one wants to plan the funeral a loved one, and it’s especially difficult when the loss is of recent memory. If you pre-plan your own funeral, then you will not only ensure that your wishes will be respected, but you’ll also save your relatives and other loved ones from having to make hard decisions during a time of intense grief. Pre-planning the funeral service means that the estate planning company will handle everything, from ordering the coffin you chose to arranging flower delivery.  Your family will be able to focus on grieving and healing and experience your funeral as a beautiful celebration of life, not as a fog of impossible decisions.

If you want to make sure that your relatives are spared from having to make difficult decisions after your passing and that your funeral service is exactly as you wanted, then you should consider using an estate planning service.  Fortunately, Chapel of the Chimes can help. Chapel of the Chimes performs estate planning and also conducts funeral services. For more information, call (510) 471-3363 today.

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