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    The Benefits of Joining a Grief Support Group

    Last updated 2 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 (866) 475-9407.

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    Advice on Delivering a Memorable Eulogy

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When preparing to deliver a eulogy, remember that it is for a solemn occasion. Though sadness is probably the primary emotion felt during a eulogy, it’s definitely okay to tell a story that isn’t sad—one that lightens the mood and even makes people laugh, as long as it is respectful of the deceased and his or her family. The goal is to fondly remember the person who just passed away. Focus on one or two qualities that people love most about that person, and tell a story or two that dramatizes that person’s warmth and their contributions to friends and family. For more tips that will help you deliver a memorable eulogy, watch this video clip.

    Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA has offered funeral services since 1872. To learn more about our 61-acre cemetery and funeral home, call us at (866) 475-9407 or visit our website.

    How Funerals Help Families Heal

    Last updated 2 months ago

    It’s human nature to have or want a ceremony following or preceding a major life event. From the birth of a baby to the death of a loved one, it’s important not to discount the value of having a ceremony of some sort. At Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA, we offer a wide range of funeral services for families in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more about how funeral services like ours help families heal, read on.

    Acknowledging the Reality of the Loved One’s Death

    Following the death of a loved one, it can be excruciatingly difficult just to accept the reality of his or her passing. A funeral reinforces the reality of the loved one’s death, which is an essential part of the grieving process.

    Accept Support From the Community

    Many families find it empowering to talk with visitors at a loved one’s funeral. Visitors who knew the deceased can offer support in the form of condolences, and may even share stories about the deceased with the other funeral attendees, which can help everyone reflect and heal together. This is also an excellent opportunity to connect with people who are willing to offer an open ear or a shoulder to cry on after the funeral.

    Create a Common Experience with Living Loved Ones

    Funeral services give families and friends the opportunity to acknowledge the loss and express all of the emotions that come with that loss. Sadness and story telling are central features of many funeral services. Living loved ones can draw support from one another and take comfort in knowing that they aren’t alone in their grieving.

    If your loved one had plans for his or her funeral, bringing those plans to fruition can be a healing experience for the family. If the deceased did not leave any plans, the family has the opportunity to design a funeral service that expresses the loved one’s individuality. To learn more about the funeral services offered at Chapel of the Chimes, a leading funeral home in Hayward, visit our website or call us at (866) 475-9407.

    Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

    Last updated 3 months ago

    According to a recent article in TIME Magazine, it is likely that 50% of Americans will choose cremation instead of burial by 2017. The ashes of the deceased are both harmless and highly portable. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), approximately one third of people bury the ashes, one third keep them, and one third scatter them. Many who scatter their loved one’s ashes like the idea of doing so at sea, but the EPA dictates that boats and planes carrying ashes cannot release them within three nautical miles from the shore. Many others like to scatter their loved one’s ashes at their favorite national park.

    If you are looking for cremation services in Oakland, Chapel of the Chimes has exactly what you need. In addition to cremation services, we offer burial options for your loved one’s ashes. Call us at (510) 455-4004 or visit our website for more information about our funeral and cremation services.


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