During cremation, the body is reduced to its most basic constituents. Following
cremation in Hayward, you have the option to bury, scatter, or memorialize
your loved one’s ashes in a personal container or memorial park.
Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers a variety of personalized cremation
services in addition to our other funeral services in Hayward, including
funeral planning and pre-planning options.
Reasons to Choose Cremation
Cremation offers a flexible option for families to commemorate a loved
one’s life in the way that they feel is best. There are many reasons
individuals and families choose cremation services as part of the memorialization process.
- Cremation offers a memorialization option with a smaller environmental
impact than traditional burial. When you choose cremation, no embalming
chemicals or casket are necessary, reducing the use of natural resources
and preventing harmful chemicals from potentially leaching back into the
- Unlike burial, cremated remains can be kept in a memorial container and
transported from place to place. Families who don’t plan to remain
in one area indefinitely often choose cremation to avoid the need to travel
long distances to visit their loved one’s memorial.
- Cremation is a personal choice. Some individuals simply don’t wish
to be buried, or have very specific desires about where they wish to be
laid to rest. Cremation accommodates these needs by offering many alternatives
to burial and allowing families to scatter their loved one’s ashes
in the location of their choosing.
- Depending upon your needs, choosing cremation services can be a lower-cost
alternative to traditional burial services. Eliminating costs such as
a casket and burial plot may help you to plan the memorialization service
you want on a budget that is more comfortable for you and your needs.
The cremation process begins with transporting your loved one to a crematorium,
where the body is exposed to intense heat, dehydration, and other mechanical
processes inside a cremation chamber. During this process, the body is
reduced to its constituent elements, resulting in three to seven pounds
of bone fragments and ash. Depending upon your preferences, you and your
family may be present during this two- to three-hour process if you wish.
After cremation, the remains are placed in either a container you have
chosen, or a temporary container of plastic or cardboard. You and your
family can choose any type of memorial service for your loved one, including
a funeral mass, burial or entombment service, or scattering ceremony.
If you have questions about cremation or burial in Hayward, please call
Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 398-6922 for personalized assistance
with funeral planning, cremation services, and more.