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.

Estate Planning Checklist

This video offers a checklist of what you should make sure you have in place when doing estate planning. Although some preparations are optional, there are a few necessities that ensure you cover everything important. 

The healthcare aspect of estate planning determines what your loved ones will be able to do in certain health condition-related situations.  For example, if you want to be taken off life support after a set period of time, then this should be noted in your will.

Planning for end of life services is never an easy thing to do. Chapel of the Chimes can help you along the way. To find out more, visit our website or call us today at (510) 471-3363.

Looking for More Information About Our Recent Blog Topics?

Supportive Family

Our recent blog topics discussed how young children process grief and how to plan ahead for a funeral or death. For additional information, consider the following online resources:

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we understand that not all cultures respond to death in the same manner, and that grief can affect each person differently. Distinguished by its Circle of Peace Mausoleum and bay views, Contact us online or call (510) 471-3363 to learn more about our services, including estate planning and cemetery lot purchases, or for information about recommended support groups.

Care for Your Loved Ones, Even After You Leave Them

Last Will & Testament

There is more than one way to show your family you love and care about them. One of those ways is to plan ahead for future life events, including death.

When a loved one passes away, it can often result in unnecessary burdens being left to the immediate family. These additional stresses may include the finances and final wishes of the deceased. However, if you plan ahead, you can alleviate these burdens from the shoulders of your grieving loved ones.

Organize Your Personal Records and Information
Secure your records and personal information accordingly. Delegate your belongings in wills and insurance policies so your loved ones do not have to sort out these fine details. It can be a stressful process for them, especially when compounded with grieving. Also, document any relevant family history you would like to be preserved. These thoughtful tasks will be greatly appreciated by family members.

Document Your Final Wishes
The immediate family of the deceased is most often left to make decisions concerning the final resting place or funeral proceedings. Save them the time and stress by formally documenting all your final wishes regarding your funeral and burial.

Seek End-of-Life Services
Enlisting the help of a reliable funeral service and estate planning agency in your transition, can make the entire process much easier on your family. The service will be able to help you organize your finances, secure your records, and document your final wishes.

Contact Chapel of the Chimes today for a quality end-of-life services and planning. We can help you or your family members make informed decisions regarding estate planning, funeral, and cemetery arrangements. Our experienced staff is here to help you and your family any way we can. (510) 471-3363

Talking to Young Family Members about the Death of a Loved One

Child of an American Soldier

Death is never an easy topic to discuss and can become even more uncomfortable when you have to address this reality with a young family member.

In the mind of a child, the concept of death can be difficult to grasp and to cope with. When discussing the passing of a loved one with youth, there are specific and suggested methods for approaching the topic.

Infants, Toddlers, and Small Children
When discussing death with toddlers, infants, and preschoolers, the most common response is confusion. They are often unable to grasp the permanent nature of the situation. You may need to have this conversation several times. Try to avoid telling the child that the deceased loved one is “sleeping” or “resting,” because this can cause an unnecessary fear in the child about naptime or bedtime. In a sensitive manner, help them understand the concept and reality of death.

It is also a good idea to maintain the child’s daily schedule. Keeping his or her routine can go a long way in helping the child cope and adjust to the situation. Other activities that can help the child grieve include crying, writing, acting, performing, or creating art.

Older Children and Teenagers
Children that are of school age will have a variety of responses to the reality of death. Some may seem fearful, angry, or resentful, while others may even feel responsible for the occurrence. These are common emotions for children and teenagers, as well as adults. Regardless of age, it is important to convey that it is not his or her fault. Let them know they are free to approach you if they ever need to talk. Discussing the death and life of the loved one is also important for a youth in grieving. Periodically check in on them and how they are doing emotionally and spiritually.

If you or a family member needs help coping with the death of a loved one, then consult the compassionate staff at Chapel of Chimes - Hayward. We offer funeral services, cemetery sales, and estate planning. Contact us today at (510) 471-3363. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you and your family step-by-step through the grieving process.

Funeral Planning: How to Decide Which Poems to Read at a Funeral

When planning a funeral, it’s important to take the personality of the individual being remembered into consideration. Every detail of the ceremony, including poetry, should commemorate the life and accomplishments of the loved one who has passed away.

In this short video, you will learn how to select the perfect poem to read at a funeral. If you want to capture the personality of the deceased, there are many items to consider. It may be helpful to ask the closest family members to provide suggestions or further information about the individual’s favorite poetry or song style.

A quality funeral home and estate planning service can also help. Don’t hesitate to contact the Chapel of the Chimes - Hayward. Our compassionate staff can assist you every step along the way. Contact us today at (510) 471-3363 for more information.

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