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    What Parents Should Know About Children and Grief

    Last updated 2 months ago

    No two adults experience loss in the same way, and this principle also applies to children. The loss of a close family member can affect a child for his or her lifetime and may lead to additional challenges, academically and behaviorally. Parents may be unsure of how to help children who are grieving, often because the parents themselves are also grieving. For strategies on how to help your children cope with loss, reach out to the professionals at the funeral home regarding grief support services.

    How Children Experience Grief

    Children who are grieving a loved one often feel isolated, both from their family members and from their peers. They may feel as though nobody understands what they’re going through and they may feel as though they need to bottle up their feelings, rather than express them. If a child has lost a parent, he or she may feel anger or intense sadness when observing other children with their parents. Additionally, it’s common for children to rapidly move through periods of intense sadness, alternated with periods of happiness. This means that even if a parent observes a child playing in a carefree manner one day, that child may need extra support the next day.

    How Parents Can Support Grieving Children

    Parents often try to avoid talking about the decedent out of fear of further saddening the grieving child. In fact, children need their parents to provide opportunities to explore grief. Children can benefit from hearing their parents discuss how the passing has affected the parents and from being encouraged to discuss their own feelings. In addition, grieving children may find the coping strategies they need with help from a peer grief support group.

    Chapel of the Chimes of Hayward is dedicated to changing the way you perceive funeral homes and burial services. We do indeed provide elegant funeral services, cremation, and burial; however, we also work with families throughout the year—well after the loss—to support them in their grief. Please call our funeral home at (510) 471-3363 for more information about our grief support services.

    Helping Your Child Deal with the Loss of a Grandparent

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Grandparents have a special place in a child’s heart. When the time comes to say goodbye, children need the help of an attentive listener. Parents and other family members can encourage children to discuss the loss and their emotions. They can also do shared activities together to remember the grandparent, such as making a scrapbook of memories, creating a journal of stories about the grandparent, and writing letters to the grandparent.

    For more assistance with helping your child through this difficult time, listen to the experts in this video. This mom explains the importance of giving the child a sense of control over the situation. For example, ask the child if he or she is comfortable attending the funeral.

    Chapel of the Chimes of Hayward, CA offers the funeral service and burial options of a funeral home combined with the grief support services of a counseling clinic. Your family is invited to connect with our funeral home by calling (510) 471-3363 or visiting our website for 24/7 grief support.

    Funeral Etiquette Tips for the Bereaved

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When a loved one passes, you may feel quickly overwhelmed by all of the details that must be arranged. Look to the professionals at the funeral home for support and don’t hesitate to ask questions about funeral etiquette or other topics. Funeral etiquette can vary, depending on your loved one’s particular preferences and religious beliefs. In general, however, immediate family members will be seated in the first one to two rows at the house of worship. If there aren’t many surviving family members, you can ask other individuals in attendance to move closer to the front.

    As an immediate family member, you can expect many people to approach you to offer their condolences. Often, this occurs during calling hours at the funeral home and at the house of worship immediately prior to the funeral service. The funeral home representatives can show you where to stand to greet the attendees. Usually, a simple handshake or hug, along with words thanking the individual for coming will suffice. If a mourner wishes to discuss the details of the death and you’re not comfortable doing so, feel free to let that person know that you’d rather not discuss it.

    Families in Hayward and those throughout the East Bay area can find the answers they need at Chapel of the Chimes. Since 1872, our funeral home has assisted families in saying their final goodbyes with respectful funeral services, burial, and cremation.

    The Benefits of Joining a Grief Support Group

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Every person reacts in a unique way when confronted with the loss of a loved one. Some people prefer to work through their grief with the support of their family members or a close friend, while others prefer to rely on the grief support services at the funeral home. It can be beneficial for many mourners to join a grief support group at a funeral home, particularly for those who feel isolated in their grief. 

    Anticipatory Grief

    Although it’s common for individuals to consider joining a grief support group after the loss of a loved one, many people do not realize that they can go through the grieving process well before the loved one passes. This is known as anticipatory grief, and it’s quite common when a loved one is critically ill. Joining a grief support group during this time by no means indicates that you’re “giving up” on your loved one—only that you’re doing what is necessary to care for your emotional and spiritual health. Regardless of where you are within the grieving process, your friends from the support group will be there to help you.

    Mutual Support

    Grief support groups offered by funeral homes provide a non-judgmental environment for mourners. You can feel free to discuss your feelings and challenges without fear of what others may think or say. You’ll have a shoulder to cry on and you can share your story with others who understand what you’re going through. Likewise, you can offer your own support to others who are struggling with the challenging emotions of grief.

    At Chapel of the Chimes, a funeral home in Hayward, we understand that everyone’s needs during the grieving process are different. Our funeral home offers a grief support group, interactive online videos, and online counseling services to help you through this difficult time. When it’s time to make final arrangements for your loved one, you can schedule a meeting with a professional at our funeral home by calling (510) 471-3363.

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