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    Pre-Planning Your Funeral: Is It Right For You?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    As knowledge of the benefits afforded by pre-planning a funeral becomes more widespread, more and more people are choosing to make advanced arrangements for their burial and memorial services. Choosing to make funeral plans in advance is a smart decision for just about anyone. If you are trying to decide whether or not to make pre-need funeral plans, then examine the advantages of pre-need planning has over at-need planning.

    Control Your Own Funeral

    Do you already know how you would like to be laid to rest after you have passed on from this life? When you pre-plan your funeral, you can choose how your body will be handled, where your body or cremated remains will be buried or stored, and plan just about any aspect of your service for which you have a preference.

    Spare Loved Ones Stress

    When you make arrangements for your funeral in advance, your loved ones will not have to make important decisions that they feel uncertain about while coping with your absence from their lives. Pre-planning your funeral will relieve your loved ones of several responsibilities they would otherwise have and allow them to spend time grieving your loss and honoring your memory in their own way.

    Financial Clarity and Savings

    Pre-planning a funeral is oftentimes cheaper than making at-need plans. It also provides you with the opportunity to pay for your funeral in advance and relieve others of bearing the financial costs associated with your funeral.

    Live at Ease

    You may still have years of living left to do; but by pre-planning your funeral you can experience invaluable peace of mind during those years, knowing that your post-life arrangements are already in order. None of your loved ones will have to deal with unnecessary stress, and you can be assured that you will be laid to rest in the manner of your choosing.

    If you are searching for a wealth of resources for pre-planning funerals, look no further than Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. Our pre-planning process makes the process of arranging your funeral in advance as simple as it can possibly be. To speak with a helpful member of our team, call (866) 475-9407

    Tips for Selecting Music for a Funeral

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Although most people make a certain amount of plans about the kind of funeral ceremony they want after they die, it is usually up to the survivors to figure out most of the details of the event. Use this guide to help you determine what kind of music to use for the funeral ceremony:

    While it is important to choose music that represents the deceased in some way, you should also try to pick something that will help the mourners remember their loved one and start to heal after his or her death. If you are saying goodbye to someone who loved to laugh, for example, you might want to consider an upbeat, fun song.

    Turn to Chapel of the Chimes for help planning every aspect of a funeral ceremony. From the music to the flowers, we are here to assist you in your time of need. We also offer memorial and creation services. To learn more, call (866) 475-9407.

    Reasons to Consider Holding a Memorial Service

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Funeral and memorial services are often more important for the living than they are for a person who has died. These rituals help people come to terms with a loss and find a way to continue on with their own lives. If you are thinking about passing on a memorial service for a loved one, consider the following reasons why you should reconsider holding one:

    A Memorial Service Makes the Situation Real for Mourners

    Since denial is the first of the five stages of grief, a memorial service is often necessary to help mourners understand that the death is real. This dose of reality is usually a necessary step to enable people deal with their denial and move on to the next stage of grief, which gets them a little bit closer to healing.

    A Memorial Service Helps Mourners Come Together

    After the loss of a loved one, you might feel overwhelmed by and alone in your grief. Attending a memorial service with other mourners helps you see that you are not actually alone. Coming together with others in a similar situation makes it easier for you to handle it in your own life.

    A Memorial Service Celebrates a Life Well Lived

    Instead of focusing on your sadness that your loved one is gone, the memorial service allows you and the other mourners to appreciate his or her life. Celebrating the positive aspects of a life helps everyone think about the good and, at least temporarily, forget about their grief.

    Chapel of the Chimes is here to assist you when you put together a memorial ceremony for your loved one. We also offer funeral, burial, and cremation services for the many diverse cultures found in the East Bay area to help you through this difficult time. To learn more about our services or to start planning a memorial, visit us online or call (866) 475-9407. 

    Helping Your Child Deal with Grief

    Last updated 3 months ago

    The loss of a grandparent is often a child’s first exposure to death, which makes it especially important to help them deal with their grief in a healthy way. You want to create an environment that allows your child to be upset while working toward healing.

    Make it comfortable for your children to ask questions about the situation and give them age-appropriate answers that help them deal with it. Since they will be watching you throughout the process, you should create your own model of healthy grieving. Learn more in this video.

    At Chapel of the Chimes, we want to do whatever we can to ease the difficulty of a loss for your family. With memorial services and grief counseling, we hope to make this sad time a little bit easier. To learn more, call (866) 475-9407.

    A Guide to Jewish Funeral Customs

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Each culture and religion has their own way to deal with death and grief. In the Jewish religion, there are specific customs that help mourners deal with the loss of a friend or loved one. Keep reading to learn more about these funeral customs.

    Quick Burials to Honor the Dead

    Jews are buried as quickly as possible after their deaths as a way to honor them, which is a process known as k’vod hamet. The funeral services are only delayed if close family members cannot arrange travel plans soon enough to attend the funeral or if the burial would fall on the Sabbath or a holiday. Waiting too long to bury a Jewish person is considered disrespectful and humiliating.

    Torn Clothing to Show Grief

    The immediate family members in orthodox and conservative Jewish families tear their clothing before the funeral to symbolize their grief. Sometimes the rabbi who will conduct the funeral also tears his or her clothing while saying a blessing for the deceased. Reform Jews do not usually tear their clothes, but they do wear black ribbons on their clothing as a sign of loss.

    Shiva to Mourn

    After the funeral is over, Jews sit Shiva to mourn. Traditionally, Shiva lasts for seven days, but many reform Jews have shortened the mourning period to three days. During this time, all mirrors in the home are covered and family and friends come over to pay their respects to the deceased and the surviving family members.

    Chapel of the Chimes can provide some relief during your periods of grief. Our 61-acre cemetery is dedicated to offering funeral, memorial, burial, and cremation services to the diverse population of Hayward. For more than 140 years, we have done what we can to ease the pain associated with the end of a life. To learn more about our services, visit us at our website or call (866) 475-9407. 

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