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.

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.

Watch this Informational Video on How to Write an Obituary

Many people are familiar with the concept of an obituary, but unless you’ve been directly responsible for the funeral arrangements of a loved one, then you probably aren’t aware of which details are appropriate to include within the writing. In fact, there are two different written ways of informing you community of a loved one’s passing: First is the obituary, but there’s also what’s called a death notice.  Which type of notification is available to you will depend upon the individual newspaper you plan on submitting to.

Whether you’re writing an obituary or a death notice, however, there’s always certain information that you must include: The speaker in this video lists that information, which includes the name of the deceased, the date of death, and the location and date of any funeral service that will be held. It’s also important to list the names of the deceased’s surviving loved ones. For more detail about what is appropriate to include within an obituary or death notice, check out the video in its entirety.

If you have recently lost a loved one or want to make provisions for your own funeral service in Hayward or the San Jose area, then you should contact Chapel of the Chimes. For more information, call (510) 471-3363 today.

Want More Information About Our Recent Blog Topics?

At Peace

Our recent blogs have focused on burial sites, funereal practices, and cremation. For additional information about these or any other blog topics that we have discussed, consider some of these resources.

  • This article from the Cremation Association of North America offers some reasons why cremation can make sense.
  • This interesting website has statistics on cremation rates around the world.

For more information, contact Chapel of the Chimes at (510) 471-3363. 

Why it is Important to Select the Right Cemetery Plot and Grave Presentation


After a loved one’s passing, the cemetery plot serves as a physical link to the rest of their family. It’s the place where memorial services are held, where people come to pay their respects, and where families can offer prayers and feel a little closer to a beloved relative. For these reasons, the location of a cemetery plot and the grave presentation are important and should be carefully considered. Here are a couple of factors that can affect the eligibility of a cemetery plot.

  • Honoring the Memory of a Loved One

If the recently deceased did not select a plot before passing, then the family should carefully select a location that is peaceful, elegant, and satisfies any specific requests voiced by the loved one. The site around the grave plot should be beautiful place to visit and pay respects.

Additionally, keep in mind the personality of the recently deceased.  If he or she was not a particularly outgoing, attention-seeking individual, then it may be best to select a discrete, yet tasteful grave marker instead of something more extravagant.

  • Safety and Location

Although many cemeteries are in quiet, wooded areas, they can sometimes feel somewhat unsafe. It’s important that family and loved ones that want to visit a cemetery plot can do so without feeling anxious. Location is also an obvious factor in choosing a burial site. The site should be attractive, calm, and somewhat secluded from noises and activity around it. The proximity of a burial location should also be considered:  Visiting a burial plot shouldn’t be a burden, so don’t choose something too far away.

Planning memorial services, funerals, and cemetery plot arrangements is emotionally taxing and can often feel overwhelming. Let Chapel of the Chimes assist you in making these important choices for a recently passed loved one. We can offer guidance and help you satisfy any and all wishes of a loved one who has moved on. Give us a call today at (510) 471-3363 or visit our website.

How Does One Choose Between Cremation and Burial?

Funeral Urn

Making the choice between burial and cremation requires careful considerations. For some, the decision is clear, but for others, there are several religious, moral, and financial factors to consider.

Burial: A Permanent Site
Some families prefer burial, as it provides them with a permanent plot to visit and pay respects to loved ones who have passed. Sometimes, burial is a more appealing option if other family members are also buried in the same cemetery.

Cremation: Honoring One’s Life
The remains from cremation are generally kept in an urn, which can then be placed in the home of a relative or in some other, meaningful location. Sometimes, people want their ashes to be scattered in a particular place of which they were fond of or somewhere that represents their personality. Although there are legal restrictions to consider when scattering ashes, this allows a greater amount of freedom in terms of a “final resting place” than a cemetery burial.

Religious Considerations
Some religions view cremation as an important rite of the deceased, while others consider it to be improper. Making the decision between burial and cremation is a personal one, and there is no right or wrong answer. Some people prefer to speak with a representative of their faith before making a decision one way or the other.

Whether you decide that burial or cremation is right for you or your loved ones, Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward can help plan and deliver services respectfully. We are the largest provider of cremation services in Northern California, and our services reflect our experience, expertise, and professionalism. We also offer in-ground burial services and a wide range of other end-of-life considerations. To find out more, contact us online or give us a call at (510) 471-3363.

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