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    Candlelight Vigil and Fundraising Event for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

    Last updated 8 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.

     

    Please visit our website for more information:

    http://hayward.chapelofthechimes.com/who-we-are/community-events

    How to Offer Support to Grieving Parents After the Loss of a Child

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The death of a child is one of the most difficult types of loss a person can experience, and it may take years for parents to return to a sense of normalcy in their lives. If you know someone who has suffered the loss of a child, there are some meaningful and effective ways in which you can reach out and offer your support.

    Assist in Planning Memorial Services
    It may be overwhelming for parents to sort through photos, write a eulogy, or plan the details of the service. If you are close with the family, you might step in to arrange the services or help find pictures and other relics that may be painful for parents to select themselves. It is important, however, to step in only when parents ask for help, as they may find some closure in planning memorial services.

    Explore Literature on the Subject
    There are a number of available books on parental bereavement that can help you understand what parents may be going through. You might also share these books with the parents to give them a resource for the grieving process.

    Respond to Cries for Help
    When you see a parent struggling to get back to everyday activities, missing out on sleep, or neglecting his or her personal care, it may be best to refer to professional grief support. You might find help from a local support group or schedule a one-on-one visit with a psychologist. Present the grieving parents with options and then decide which might be best for their needs.

    At Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, you can find complete memorial, burial and cremation services that can be personalized to any family’s cultural and spiritual customs. To begin planning memorial services, call us at (510) 471-3363 or visit us on the Web. 

    Coping with the Emotions You Feel After the Death of a Spouse

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Losing a spouse is one of the most traumatic experiences you may face in life. Coping with such a profound loss is a process that will last long after the funeral service. If you have lost your loved one, here are some ways to deal with the emotional upheaval and to start healing:

    Let Yourself Mourn

    Mourning is a difficult process, but it is one you have to go through in order to cope with the loss of your spouse. Don’t try to sweep aside your emotions or force yourself to appear stronger than you feel to your friends and family. Give yourself permission to experience all of the emotions that develop in the wake of your spouse’s death. No emotion is off-limits, and you should never try to suppress any of the feelings that come up. It is absolutely essential that you mourn fully, in your own way, so you can begin to heal.

    Prepare for Special Occasions

    Part of dealing with the loss of your spouse is preparing for events that you know may be difficult. Holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries can be particularly painful. Expecting these difficult times and giving yourself permission to have an off-day is helpful. Try to make plans with family or a supportive friend on these days to ease some of the burden.

    Plan a Memorial Service

    The first step in saying goodbye is planning a memorial service for your lost spouse. At Chapel of the Chimes, we can help you build a funeral that honors your spouse’s wishes and celebrates his or her life. Choose from religious services, non-religious ceremonies, formal funerals, and informal memorials. Taking the time to honor your spouse will help you begin to process your grief.

    After you lose a spouse, you’re not alone. At Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA, our compassionate staff will help you with every last detail of funeral planning. We also offer funeral pre-planning and grief counseling services. To learn more about how we can help, call (510) 471-3363.  

    A Brief Look at Signature Services at Chapel of the Chimes

    Last updated 9 months ago

    At Chapel of the Chimes, our goal is to give you the options you need to create a memorial service that is as unique as your lost loved one. That is why we offer a number of Signature Services you can add to your ceremony to make every part of the memorial meaningful.

    Our Flight Home and Butterfly Release ceremonies are particularly striking ways to say goodbye. Both of these ceremonies signify the release of your loved one’s spirit and his or her journey to reunite with deceased family and friends. We also offer the option of providing memorial wristbands to your guests to commemorate the service. We can also arrange for a bagpiper, violinist, or harpist to perform a musical tribute.

    These Signature Services are just a few of the many ways that Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA can assist you with your funeral planning. Contact us when you need help arranging a funeral or when you wish to pre-plan your own. Call us today at (510) 471-3363.

    What Is a Wake?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Wakes are an important part of memorial services in many different cultures. There are also many different types of wakes, and if you choose to have one for a loved one, there is no one right answer about which style you should host. Wakes are generally heavily influenced by religious traditions and the wishes of the person who passed away. These facts about wakes will help you decide what role such a service could have in the memorial you are planning:

    When Are Wakes Held?

    Wakes were traditionally held the night before a funeral, but the timing can vary. In some instances, wakes are held over the course of a few evenings, while in other cases, wakes are actually held after the funeral itself. Tradition and culture play an important role in determining when a wake is held.

    What Happens at a Wake?

    Wakes can be very solemn or very rambunctious. At some wakes, the person who passed away is laid out for viewing while friends and family visit to pay their respects quietly. Other wakes include food, drinking, music, and a party-like atmosphere to celebrate the life of the person who passed. Personal preferences and location have a lot to do with the style of a wake. For instance, if a wake is held in a church or funeral home, it is likely to be a quiet affair. Wakes held in private homes may be a little louder.

    Should a Wake be Part of the Service I Am Planning?

    A wake is not an essential part of a funeral service. Some people find that wakes give the family and friends of the recently deceased a chance to get together and share memories outside the more formal confines of a funeral. However, the wishes of your lost loved one and your family’s personal and religious traditions are the most important factors to consider.

    Planning a funeral can feel overwhelming, but Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA can help you make the right choices. We offer a range of traditional and non-traditional service options and can help you pre-plan your own funeral. Find out more by calling (510) 471-3363.

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