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What is the Difference Between a Traditional Burial and a Lawn Crypt?

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More and more frequently, people are choosing to lay their loved ones to rest in ways that differ from the traditional burial. This is no indication that the traditional burial method is inferior to alternative burial options—rather, it is a reflection of expanding consumer choices designed to more precisely meet the needs and wants of those who are planning funerals for their loved ones. To find more about the difference between a traditional burial and the alternative lawn crypt burial, continue reading this article.

Traditional Burial Overview

A traditional burial, the type that is commonly associated with funerals of public figures and that which is typically featured in Hollywood films, has been a popular option in the United States for several generations. Most funeral homes provide a traditional burial option that consists of embalming, a casket, a funeral service, and a burial. Highly reputable funeral homes include an outer container as part of the traditional burial option, which preserves the integrity of the casket; provides an extra layer of protection for the body; and helps keep the ground from sinking. To mark the grave site, a family member can choose any marker that is approved by the funeral home. The two most popular options are an upright headstone and a flat-lying flush marker.

Lawn Crypt Introduction

A lawn crypt burial option also typically includes embalming, a casket, a funeral service, and a burial. The primary difference is that, instead of being stored in an individual outer container, the casket is interred in a pre-installed vault designed to hold several individuals. This allows for spouses and family members to be entombed together. Flat-lying flush markers are the standard type of grave marker for this economical burial option that offers advantages of both in-ground burial and mausoleum interment.

Would you like to find out more about either of these two burial options? If so, contact a funeral director at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. Call (510) 471-3363 to learn more about our full range of services, to pre-arrange your funeral, or for assistance in planning the funeral of a loved who has recently passed.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2012

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

Understanding the Psychology of Grief


Many of us are familiar with the five-stage grief cycle that was popularized by Swiss American psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. For some of us, it is an accurate description of the grief process we experience after the loss of a loved one. For others, it couldn’t be more inaccurate. Grief is a highly personal experience that manifests itself in different forms for different people. Here is a brief look at the psychology of grief:

Kübler-Ross Model

Based on hundreds of interviews with dying patients, Kübler-Ross deduced that there is a set of five stages people tend to experience in the face of tragedy. These stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Her empirical research lent great credence to the five stages of grief that she outlined in her signature work, On Death and Dying. Since the book was published, her model has been widely circulated throughout academia and the public. For some, the Kübler-Ross Model accurately depicts the grieving process, and knowing that acceptance is on the horizon can help them cope with their grief.

Why the Kübler-Ross Model is Not Universal

Even Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote that not everyone experiences the five stages of grief when coping with a life-threatening illness or the loss of a loved one. This is because grief is a natural process; and, by nature, humans are different. Cultural norms and expectations, as well as experiential differences, can further explain the varying ways in which people grieve.

Grief Support Effectiveness

With funeral arrangements to make and legal matters to attend to following the loss of a loved one, the natural grief process can be further interrupted. Full-service funeral homes offer grief support that has proven very effective at helping individuals cope with loss. One-on-one grief counseling and group-style grief support can continue to help people cope long after they have planned a funeral service and memorial.

Are you looking for an experienced and compassionate funeral home director in the East Bay area to help you make funeral arrangements for your loved one? If so, Chapel of the Chimes Hayward can help. Call (510) 471-3363 or visit our website to learn more about our full range of professional funeral-related services, which include grief support recommendations.

Want To Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics? Check Out These Links

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If you are interesting in finding out more information about our recent blog topics, utilize some of these very helpful resources! 

  • In China, you can be a “kusangren,” or professional mourner.  Mother Nature Network reports on this very unique job position.
  • This article about the recent loss of a former soccer star demonstrates how difficult it can be for surviving family members to plan funerals during their time of grief.
  • This webpage from Indiana University contains a personal interview with a Chinese foreign-exchange student about his personal experiences with traditional Chinese funerals.
  • This article from a local ABC television station discusses the benefits of estate planning and how it can save your family both emotional pain and financial hardship.

For more information about estate planning or creating a fitting funeral service for your loved one, call Chapel of the Chimes at (510) 471-3363 today.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2012

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

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