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    Common Misconceptions About Grief and Grieving

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Many of the misconceptions regarding loss and the grieving process involve the five stages of grief. The five stages are: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It is often thought that a person will naturally move through each of these five stages in order from denial to acceptance. In fact, each person is unique in his or her grieving process. While it is indeed common to experience these five stages, a person may move from denial to acceptance and then to anger—or in some other order. It’s common to feel a little better one day, yet suffer from devastating sadness the next.

    Another common misconception is that every bereaved person will experience all five stages. In fact, many people never find acceptance, just as many never go through the bargaining stage or the isolation stage. Yet another misconception about grief is that the five stages are to be taken only at face value. In other words, a person will only experience depression during that particular stage. In actuality, emotions are as complex as an individual’s personality. Depression may encompass numerous emotions ranging from despair to a feeling of emptiness.

    Grieving is often a lonely process. At Chapel of the Chimes, we’re here to help you in any way we can. You can sign up for our daily affirmations or other grief support services, and you can honor the cherished memories of your loved one with a funeral service and burial or cremation. Please call our funeral home in Hayward at (866) 475-9407 to learn more.

    Veteran Honors for Deceased Heroes

    Last updated 8 months ago

    At Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, we’re privileged to provide a final resting place to our nation’s veterans and to be a source of comfort to their families. We offer a range of services to our veterans, designed to honor their memories and to make the funeral process easier for their family members.

    Veterans who were honorably discharged from the military are eligible to receive a free bronze memorial on behalf of the Veterans Administration. A U.S. flag to drape the casket or urn is also available upon request. There is a range of benefits for family members provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover the cost of funeral expenses. Immediate family members of a deceased veteran may be eligible for discounts from Chapel of the Chimes.

    Another way we serve veterans at Chapel of the Chimes is with funeral pre-planning services. Let us answer your questions about funeral services by calling us at (866) 475-9407.   

    How to Pre-Plan Your Funeral

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Do you want to remove the burden of planning your funeral from your family’s shoulders? If so, pre-planning is a good option. When you pre-plan your funeral, you give your family the comfort of knowing they are truly fulfilling your final wishes.

    Watch this video to learn more about pre-planning your funeral. Your funeral pre-plan can be a simple as writing out on a piece of paper the kind of service and burial you want. You can even help fund your funeral by purchasing an insurance policy to cover the costs or by making pre-payments to a funeral home. Everything you do in advance will ease the stress your family feels after your passing. 

    Let Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward help you pre-plan your funeral. Our funeral home is here to answer all of your questions and to make the process easy for you. Find out more about our services by calling (866) 475-9407. 

    Why It Is Important to Attend Memorial Services

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Should you go to the funeral or shouldn’t you? This is a question everyone faces eventually. In some cases, you may wonder if your relationship with the deceased was close enough to make going to the funeral appropriate. In other instances, the thought of going to the funeral of an especially close friend or family member may simply feel overwhelming. However, going to a funeral offers many benefits to both the family of the deceased and to you. Here are a few of the reasons why going to memorial services when you can is helpful:

    Get Closure

    Sometimes, death comes after a long illness, and family and friends have time to say goodbye and make their peace with their impending loss. Many times, however, death comes quickly. An unexpected death can leave family and friends reeling, with mixed feelings and many things left unsaid. A memorial service is an opportunity to say goodbye to your loved one and take comfort in making one last gesture of care and love to him or her. This closure is an important first step in coping with the grief that lingers once the funeral is over.

    Support Surviving Family Members

    For the surviving family members, the loss of a loved one is a staggering blow. One of the best ways you can support these family members is simply by showing up for the memorial service. It can be an enormous source of comfort for family members to see that they are not the only ones who cared for their loved one. Even if you weren’t close enough with the deceased to have a relationship with his or her family, your presence at the memorial service will be appreciated.

    Memorials also offer a way to reconnect with family and friends and foster strong bonds. Chapel of the Chimes can assist you with funeral planning when you lose a loved one. Choose from a range of options for burial, cremation, and more. Get answers to your questions by calling our funeral home in Hayward today at (866) 475-9407. 

    How Different Cultures View Death and Dying

    Last updated 9 months ago

    At Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, we pride ourselves on providing a range of funeral options for our diverse East Bay community. Every culture has a unique outlook on death, dying, and memorials. Our funeral home is ready to help you honor your culture as you honor your deceased loved one. Here is an overview of how different cultures approach death and some of the customs they follow:


    Within the Jewish community, death is viewed as a normal part of life. Tradition dictates that burial take place within 24 hours of death, though in modern times, exceptions are sometimes made. After the burial and funeral service, families sit Shiva. Shiva is a seven-day period of mourning. Immediate family members are required to sit Shiva. Other close friends and family members may occasionally take part. During the seven days of Shiva, people who knew the deceased visit the family to pay their respects.


    Buddhists believe that the deceased will return to life in a new form and emphasize respect for the deceased’s body. People who are in mourning wear white or black, though some Buddhist communities have their own customs for clothing. There is no set time required for mourning. Most Buddhists have minimalist lifestyles and usually choose burials and funerals that honor that tradition.


    The Irish prefer to celebrate life than dwell on death. Irish funerals and burials are usually religious in nature, but one of the most important traditions happens after the funeral service. The family and friends gather together for a party to honor the life of their lost loved one. Although Irish funerals are very solemn, the following wake is almost festive in nature.

    After the loss of a friend or family member, turn to Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward for help planning a funeral that incorporates your culture’s customs. We provide a full range of memorial, burial, and cremation services. When you need us, call (866) 475-9407.

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