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    Above Ground Entombment Options at Chapel of the Chimes

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Mausoleums are among the oldest burial spaces in the world, and some of the most notable examples in Egypt still stand today. Chapel of the Chimes can provide your family with the legacy of a mausoleum with beautiful spaces that may be customized to your unique needs.

    There are two dedicated mausoleum spaces—the elegant Circle of Peace round, indoor mausoleum and the extensive outdoor mausoleum offering more affordable, yet prestigious accommodations. Both of these areas have spaces available for caskets or urns. For a more private and custom option, you might select a private mausoleum that can be designed to your family’s exact specifications to create a beautiful monument honoring your loved ones.

    To explore these options and other burial services available at Chapel of the Chimes, call us at (866) 475-9407 or visit our website. We also provide pre-need funeral planning to help you offer your family peace of mind and low-stress arrangements in the future. 

    Hayward Chapel of the Chimes Donates Almost $6,000 to Red Cross in Support of People Affected by Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Hayward Chapel of the Chimes hosted a candlelight vigil in honor of Typhoon Haiyan victims on Friday, Nov. 22 and raised almost $6,000 in donations going to Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts.

    The funds will be used to help repair and rebuild facilities, reopen roads, restore key services, provide temporary housing and support healthcare and food needs in the regions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. 

    This article comes courtesy of Union Path.

    Burial Traditions and Funeral Customs of the Japanese

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Funeral services can vary greatly around the world, and many are seen in the diverse population of California’s East Bay. Traditional Japanese funerals are fairly common in this region, and they may appear dramatically different than those of western heritages. If you are attending the funeral of a Japanese friend or acquaintance, here are some of the elements you might expect to encounter throughout the services.

    Religious customs

    The majority of Japanese funeral customs stem from Buddhist traditions, although there are Shinto, Christian, and non-religious services that take place in Japanese culture. Buddhist services take place in three parts—the funeral, wake, and cremation ceremony—but only the first two are attended by larger groups of people. The cremation ceremony is private to close friends and families.

    Funeral services

    There is generally a wake and a funeral with the wake taking place at night and the funeral following the next day. Traditionally, the wake would take place over the body of the deceased on the day of death, but this does not always take place in modern services. Attendees of the wake may provide monetary offerings to the family of the deceased. The funeral will include burning of incense, reading of sutras, and prayer. White was customarily the color worn at Japanese funeral services, but black is typically chosen by modern Japanese families.

    Cremation and burial

    The cremation is an intimate ceremony in which the body is cremated inside an adorned coffin that may be filled with burnable items such as candy or cigarettes. Once the body has been cremated, close family members and friends will pick the bones from the ashes to place them in the urn. This is done with large chopsticks, and it is the only time in Japanese culture when it is okay to pass items from one set of chopsticks to another. The urn containing ashes is then sent to a burial space or tomb.

    At Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, we provide an array of multicultural funeral and cremation services to help you honor your loved ones following your own traditions. Visit our website or call us at (510) 471-3363 to learn how we can help plan your arrangements

    Parents Coping with the Death of a Child

    Last updated 9 months ago

    If you have been faced with the death of a child, you may be in search of support to help you through the difficult grieving process. This video will allow you to hear from parents who have struggled with this type of loss.

    As you will hear, there are many points of view when it comes to child loss, and it may be hard for friends and family to find the right words to say. Parents may need a lot of time to work through their emotions and get back to normal, and the best thing to do is to offer ongoing support and show your sympathy.

    For funeral planning services in any difficult situation, connect with Chapel of The Chimes Hayward. You can reach us on our website or at (510) 471-3363. 

    Candlelight Vigil and Fundraising Event for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Friday, November 22, 2013 : 6:30 PM

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward will be holding a candlelight vigil on Friday November 22 at 6:30pm. In conjunction with this event we will be handing out pumpkin pies for donations from 3-8pm.
    Pies will also be available on November 23 from 1-3pm.

    Proceeds from the fundraising events will be sent to help aid in the typhoon relief efforts.


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