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.

Planning a Memorial or Funeral Service


Planning a memorial or funeral service for the passing of a loved one can be challenging. After the obituary is written, you should start by notifying family and friends who are out of town to give them enough time to plan for attending the service.  

When planning the service, you first need to choose a location. If you’re planning a funeral service, then the location is usually determined by the religious affiliation of the deceased. Funerals are often held at the place of worship they frequented during their life. It’s important to be sure about the relationship between the deceased their religious community. Choosing the wrong congregation could be uncomfortable for friends and family.

If you are planning a memorial service, then think of a place that reflects something about your loved one. It could be a particular location they loved, like a pond or lake where they used to swim or go fishing, for example. Or the memorial could be more loosely associated; consider holding the service in a park or garden for someone who was a nature lover.

Loved ones often choose a particular theme for the service. This could be music, nature, charity, and so on, depending on the passion of the person’s life. Deciding on a subject is best done in consultation with friends and family so the theme resonates with everyone on the same level.

Leading the service
Select a leader who will conduct the service. This will typically be a clergyperson or religious representative, family member, or a friend. In addition to the leader, arrange who will speak at the service—someone close to the deceased who can offer highlights or memories of their life.

When planning a reception after the service, consult with family and close friends about what they would prefer. While some families enjoy the social warmth of a large reception, many prefer a quiet and more intimate reception, limited to family and very close friends only.

For more information and guidance on planning funeral and memorial services, contact Chapel of the Chimes of Hayward, CA. Contact us online or give us a call at (510) 471-3363.

Funeral Advice - iPhone App

If you’re unsure where to turn or what to do after the loss of a loved one, then the Funeral Advice app will help you find answers to all your questions, including important questions you may not have considered.

When planning a funeral, this app can be very useful. Funeral Advice takes you step by step through planning and preparing for a funeral. It also offers features like “words of sympathy” and personal suggestions about coping with the loss of a loved one.

Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward is here for you through every step of your funeral, from service planning to grief support groups. For more information, contact us online or call us at (510) 471-3363 for personal support.

Helpful Resources for Dealing with Grief

Sand Falling through Fingers

Everyone deals with grief differently, and when you’re facing the loss of a loved one, grief is a natural but complex process. Fortunately, you are not alone—there are many available resources to help you through this difficult time.

Internet Resources
The internet offers a vast wealth of information on understanding and coping with grief. Simply understanding more about grief and how it may affect you can provide some comfort. Grief can sometimes seem baffling and does not usually go away gradually, but can come and go in waves. Learning more about grief can also be beneficial for families who grieve together, since each member is likely mourning differently.

Beyond information about grief itself, the web has many resources for grief consolation, internet support groups, links to therapists, and more.    

Friends and Family
Sometimes the best resources are the ones closest at hand. A loss usually affects many people at once, like a group of close friends or family members. Don’t be afraid to share your grief with loved ones who you know feel similarly. Hiding or suppressing grief does not help you get better faster. Allow yourself to talk frankly about your feelings with your family and friends, and invite them to do the same.

If religious faith is important in your life, then the community at your place of worship can provide a warm and comforting source of support. You may wish to have a private conversation with a leader from you local religious group, or simply spend time praying together with loved ones.

There are many publications written to help those processing grief. The library or bookstore offers many books on the subject of grief, including works aimed at teenagers, children, or spouses. It may help to simply reflect on your grief as you read.

If you’d like more information about grief support groups, then contact Chapel of the Chimes - Hayward. For more information our estate planning and funeral services, contact us online or call (510) 471-3363.

Learn More about Coping with Grief and Paying Tribute to Loved Ones

Candles for Commemoration

Our recent blog articles focused on topics relating to grief and different ways of paying tribute to loved ones who have passed on. You may also find these resources helpful or interesting.

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. 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.

Chapel of the Chimes : Top Workplaces in the Bay Area

We are excited to announce that the Lifemark Group Locations were recently named one of the “Top Workplaces in the Bay Area!"

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