• Chapel of the Chimes : Top Workplaces in the Bay Area

    We are excited to announce that the Lifemark Group Locations were recently named one of the “Top Workplaces in the Bay Area!”

  • Estate Planning: What Documents are Needed for Estate Planning?

    Have you made arrangements for your will? Did you ensure your loved ones have the necessary medical documents and power of attorney in case you cannot make decisions for yourself? Learn more about making these important preparations.

    This video describes some of the documents you need when planning the future of your estate after you pass away. A trust may be better than a will for managing assets if you cannot manage them yourself. Wills also offer many benefits, including simplicity and delegation of power of attorney.

    For answers to your questions or for more information, contact us at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, California . Lifemark Group’s Chapel of the Chimes offers estate planning and funeral services to ease the passing of a loved one. Contact us online or call (510) 471-3363 to speak with a member of our friendly, compassionate staff.

  • What to Expect During the Grieving Process

    Support During Time of Loss

    Grief over the loss of a loved one can take many different forms. Individuals and cultures across the world express grief in different, equally natural ways. Almost universally, families hold meaningful funeral services to honor their loved ones and confront their own grief.

    The loss of a loved one can evoke many different emotions beyond sadness and sorrow. Someone who is grieving may feel anxiety, fear, anger, or confusion. They may find it difficult to concentrate, sleep, or eat, while others may simply feel numb.

    Grief is often thought of as a process that happens in stages:

    • Shock, Denial, and Disbelief
      A powerful loss comes as such a shock that it can impossible to understand or accept.
    • Anger
      As a symptom of pain, anger is a natural part of the healing process.
    • Bargaining
      In a desperate attempt to regain a lost life, some may make deals with oneself, possibly in a religious setting.
    • Depression or Sadness
      Sorrow peaks when the full brunt of reality sets in. Like anger, this is a natural and normal stage, and should not be pushed away.
    • Acceptance
      This stage is about finding a balance, not necessarily about regaining joy from everyday life. The pain of losing a loved one never entirely disappears, but rather, over time, settles into a permanent reality that can be understood.

    These stages can be useful to understand why you or someone in mourning feels a certain way. However, some people challenge this theory of stages. The day-to-day experience of grief often feels more like emotional waves that are triggered by a memory or connection to the person who passed away. In this way, grief can suddenly and unexpectedly become more intense.

    If someone close to you is grieving, there are a few ways you can help. First and foremost, let them know you are there for them. Offer to help with chores, grocery shopping, or other errands. It may also be helpful to suggest resources for grief support.

    At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward , we understand that grief can take many different forms, and we can recommend beneficial support groups. If you have questions about our funeral services, estate planning, or recommended support groups, then please contact us by calling (510) 471-3363.