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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.

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

Gravestone

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.

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.

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