• Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Funeral Service Group

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    Planning a funeral is a trying experience. In addition to coping with the grief of losing a loved one, you must notify family and friends, choose a burial site or crematory, and plan a memorial service . In order to keep this added stress to a minimum, choose a provider that provides the following:

    A full range of services
    A funeral group that offers a full range of services can help you with every detail of the funeral, from start to finish, including burial site selection , memorial service planning, and more.

    Compassionate staff
    Look for a caring and understanding funeral group whose staff strives to ensure the funeral planning process is as smooth as possible. Funeral groups that provide grief support or resources for grief support are truly concerned for their clients’ well-being.

    Dedication to the community
    Another way the staff of a funeral group demonstrates how much it cares about the community it serves is through community dedication. Conscientious organizations often host and participate in local community events.

    Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward sponsors and hosts a wide range of cultural events each year. To find out more about us, our services, and our upcoming events, please contact us at (510) 471-3363.

  • Teenager and Family Advice: How to Cope with Grief

    Even though it’s painful, grief is a natural response to loss. For many people, grief that follows the loss of a loved one is the most difficult to face. To learn about how people grieve, watch this brief video clip .

    Viewers will hear from a psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with adolescents who have lost loved ones; she explains that most expression of grief is either internal or external. Misunderstandings may arise between two people who are grieving the loss of the same person in different ways.

    If you are looking for grief support after the loss of a loved one, contact Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward . In addition to grief support referrals, we provide a full range of funeral and memorial services to Bay Area residents. Contact us at (510) 471-3363 if you have any questions or to find out more.

  • Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics…

    The death of a loved one can be a difficult and confusing time, especially if you’re unsure of the customs surrounding funerals and burial ceremonies. For more information, visit these websites and call Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward at (510) 471-3363.

    • Cremation is a popular way to care for the body of the deceased. Read more about the term and its history on this site.
    • Sky Burial is a Tibetan tradition. Read this short, firsthand account for more information about this unique custom.
    • Christian funeral services have unique features and traditions. Explore the BBC’s article for more information.
    • Chevra Kadisha are Jewish burial groups that prepare the body of the deceased. NPR has a transcript of an interview with a member of one group.
    • All over the country are groups that sew tachrichim shrouds for deceased Jewish men and women—read a profile of one such organization.

  • A Look at Jewish Burial Traditions

    Jewish Cemetery Customs

    Jewish burial customs reflect the highly codified and traditional nature of the religion. While some of the traditions are similar to Western secular and Christian funeral and burial conventions, Judaism also prescribes specific proceedings for the remains of the deceased.

    This is one of the most important aspects of caring for the Jewish deceased. Respect for the remains of the dead is the motivating force for many Jewish traditions. For example, the body should be interred as soon as possible. Waiting for family members to travel from afar is acceptable because this shows respect for the loved one who passed. To show respect to the body, Jewish tradition also prohibits embalming, viewing, and cremation. At the burial, friends and family of the deceased perform chesed shel emet ––shoveling dirt onto the casket. This is a sign of unselfish love and respect, since there will be no opportunity for reciprocation.

    The death of a loved one is taken very seriously in Jewish tradition, which shows in the level of care given to the departed. Between the time of death and interment, the body is constantly looked after by a shomer , or watchman. Many communities have chevra kadisha , Jewish burial societies, who prepare the body of the deceased.

    Jewish burials are notable for their austere atmosphere. The body of the deceased is dressed in a tachrichim , a traditional burial garment of simple white cloth. Unlike Christian funerals, traditional Jewish services have no music or flowers, and the ceremony is very solemn and minimal to show respect for the dead.

    For help planning a burial ceremony, no matter the tradition, consult Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward . With experience in handling funeral preparations for a wide range of cultures, Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward will help you to honor your loved one. Schedule an appointment by calling (510) 471-3363.

  • Dealing With Death: Dealing With Grief After Death

    After the death of a loved one, grief will naturally follow. How grief will manifest and how long it will take to regain a sense of normalcy is completely dependent on the individual.

    In this video , a hospice employee describes grief as a process. It’s important to grieve at the time of a loss and to seek support if you need it––from friends, support groups, or professional counselors. Always remember that grief is unique to the individual and that you will never forget your loved one.

    If you recently experienced the death of a loved one and are looking for burial or funeral services, Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward offers compassionate help in planning ceremonies and memorial services. Visit our website or call (510) 471-3363 for more information.