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Music Ideas for a Funeral

Music transcends everyday reality. It touches the soul, comforts the mourner, and pays tribute to the deceased. When it’s time to choose appropriate music for a loved one’s funeral services, there is truly no “right” or “wrong” selection. Let your instinct be your guide. Consider your loved one’s life, beliefs, and personal preferences. If your loved one was religious, then religious music is appropriate. However, you do not need to restrict your choices solely to hymns or chants. If you’re unsure about your choices or simply want a few more ideas, you can always ask the director of the funeral home for assistance.

Patriotic Music
When a veteran has passed, it is common to play patriotic music at the funeral services. “America the Beautiful” may be played as the entrance music, for example. During this time, the mourners may mingle with the family and find their seats. Of course, at the cemetery, it is customary for an honor guard to play “Taps.”

Religious Music
Not all religions routinely incorporate music into the funeral rites. For those that do, there is often a wide range of appropriate choices. Christian funerals routinely feature music throughout the entire service. “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Ave Maria,” and “Be Not Afraid” are common choices.

Non-Religious Music
The families of non-religious decedents must often be more creative with their music selections. Out of respect for the decedent, it is not appropriate to play religious music or music with religious references. Classical music without lyrics is a good choice, particularly if the decedent had a few favorites. Families might also look for somber melodies about loss that do not include references to religious beliefs, such as “The Sounds of Silence” or “Across the Universe.”

When the time comes to arrange a final farewell, the funeral directors at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward can assist your family throughout each step of the process of planning a funeral. Our available funeral services in Hayward are known for their compassion and respect for each family’s traditions, culture, and religion. You can reach our funeral home at (510) 398-6922 to begin planning or pre-planning.

What to Include in an Obituary

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Writing an obituary is rarely easy, given that this task is usually performed during times of intense grief. If you’re having trouble getting started, it may help to write a list of important information to include before you begin to shape the information into a respectful obituary. A director at the funeral home can give you some guidance.

Basic Information
It’s customary for an obituary to give the time, date, and location of the funeral services, as well as the name of the funeral home. If a visitation will be held, you should include this information. Sometimes, families arrange services after the obituary has been published. In this case, write something like, “Memorial services to be determined later.” This information is typically included at the end of the obituary, perhaps along with a request for donations to a charitable organization in lieu of flowers. Choose a charity that your loved one supported.

Family Connections
Obituaries typically include a list of the individual’s deceased and surviving family members. If the family is large, it isn’t necessary to list everyone by name. Instead, you might write something like, “Eloise was predeceased by her husband, Ben, and her brother, Frank. She is survived by her two children, Julie and Anna, and five grandchildren.” If any of the female family members have married and have assumed different family names, you can indicate their husbands in parentheses. For example, you could write, “Julie (Sam) Falks and Anna (David) Wright.”

Personal Achievements
An obituary can be as long or short as you wish. The majority of obituaries typically describe the decedent’s life, personal achievements, and passions. Start by writing down brief descriptions of the individual’s career, volunteer positions, hobbies, interests, life goals, and anything else that the individual was proud of. Consider what the individual meant to his or her family members. For example, you could write, “Eloise loved to take her grandchildren to the county fair, enjoyed cooking with Ben, and nurtured a large garden every year.”

When you visit Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, our caring funeral directors will provide all of the assistance and resources you need to arrange a funeral or cremation services. Call (510) 398-6922 today or visit our funeral home in Hayward. We also provide funeral pre-planning services.

Appropriate Funeral Attire

Your presence at the cremation or funeral services demonstrates your respect for the decedent and his or her family. Before departing for the funeral home, double-check that you’re wearing appropriate clothing. For men and ladies, it’s advisable to wear somber, conservative clothing, although wearing all black is not usually necessary.

Ladies can watch this video to hear tips on choosing appropriate shoes, jewelry, and makeup. For instance, if you know that you will be traveling to the cemetery afterward, it’s best to avoid high heels since they can sink into the earth. Keep makeup and jewelry conservative and minimal.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward arranges compassionate, inclusive funeral services and grief support services. Families can contact our funeral home in Hayward at (510) 398-6922 or visit our website for our online resources.

Understanding Muslim Views on Death

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Islam is a religion that is rooted in traditions. Following the passing of a loved one, these traditions and rituals can provide comfort to the family. If you’ve been asked to attend Muslim funeral services, it can be helpful to know what to expect at the mosque and the cemetery, and to have a basic understanding of the Muslim views on life and death.

Views on Life and Death
Christians, many Muslims believe that if one is to accept Islam before death, one will go to Jannah. For Muslims, death is a transitory phase that marks the end of one’s trial or examination on earth. The eternal life that follows death is a reflection of one’s conduct during life on earth. Muslims do not think of death as being a taboo subject, but rather one that ought to be reflected upon regularly. Death is accepted as being a normal component of the divine plan.

Preparations for the Passing
When a Muslim has a terminal illness, he or she would generally prefer to remain at home rather than in a clinical setting. It is expected that dying individuals are visited by friends and family members. It is customary for visitors to pray for the dying person and for the dying person and the visitors to seek each other’s forgiveness if any problems have occurred between them.

Traditions After Death
Islam requires that Muslims be buried as soon as possible, preferably the same day. As soon as the individual has passed, another Muslim of the same sex will wash the body. If the family member is a spouse or child of the opposite sex, it is allowable for them to perform the ceremonial washing rites. Then, the body is shrouded and transported to the mosque.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we welcome families of all faiths and backgrounds. Our funeral home in Hayward offers compassionate funeral services that may be adjusted to each family’s beliefs and traditions. If you’re planning a funeral and desire guidance, please call us at (510) 398-6922.

What to Expect from a Military Funeral

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If your loved one has passed and he or she was a veteran, be sure to inform the funeral home director of your loved one’s service. The Veterans Administration provides bronze memorials for the burial plot free of charge to all deceased veterans who were honorably discharged. Additionally, there are other veterans’ benefits available to you that you can learn about through the funeral home. The funeral itself will likely be slightly different than the standard procedure for a civilian funeral.

Funeral Etiquette
It is not uncommon for families to hold funeral services at a place of worship to be followed by a committal service. During the funeral and committal services, all attendees are expected to conduct themselves respectfully. Military personnel are generally expected to wear their dress uniforms. It is proper for military personnel to salute at the following times:

  • While the casket is being moved
  • When the hearse passes by
  • During the gun salute and the playing of “Taps”
  • While the casket is being lowered into the ground

Civilian attendees are not expected to salute.

Honor Guard
It is customary for an honor guard to transport the coffin. If the funeral services take place at a house of worship, then the family may choose to select civilian pallbearers to move the coffin from the building to the hearse. At the cemetery, the six-man honor guard will transport the coffin from the hearse to the site.

Committal Service
A religious leader will read a committal service. Alternatively, non-religious alternatives to prayer and Scripture may be read. These rites commit the body to its final resting place.

Flag Ceremony
At the conclusion of the reading, the honor guard will hold the American flag taut over the casket. Three volleys may be fired to honor the decedent. Then, a bugler will play “Taps.” The honor guard will fold the American flag in a ceremonial way and present it to the family.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, our funeral home directors extend our gratitude to the men and women who have served our nation. Family members can learn about veteran honors by calling (510) 398-6922. Our funeral home in Hayward is a proud provider of burial and cremation services.

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