• Care for Your Loved Ones, Even After You Leave Them

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    There is more than one way to show your family you love and care about them. One of those ways is to plan ahead for future life events, including death.

    When a loved one passes away, it can often result in unnecessary burdens being left to the immediate family. These additional stresses may include the finances and final wishes of the deceased. However, if you plan ahead , you can alleviate these burdens from the shoulders of your grieving loved ones.

    Organize Your Personal Records and Information
    Secure your records and personal information accordingly. Delegate your belongings in wills and insurance policies so your loved ones do not have to sort out these fine details. It can be a stressful process for them, especially when compounded with grieving. Also, document any relevant family history you would like to be preserved. These thoughtful tasks will be greatly appreciated by family members.

    Document Your Final Wishes
    The immediate family of the deceased is most often left to make decisions concerning the final resting place or funeral proceedings. Save them the time and stress by formally documenting all your final wishes regarding your funeral and burial .

    Seek End-of-Life Services
    Enlisting the help of a reliable funeral service and estate planning agency in your transition, can make the entire process much easier on your family. The service will be able to help you organize your finances, secure your records, and document your final wishes.

    Contact Chapel of the Chimes today for a quality end-of-life services and planning. We can help you or your family members make informed decisions regarding estate planning, funeral, and cemetery arrangements. Our experienced staff is here to help you and your family any way we can. (510) 471-3363

  • Talking to Young Family Members about the Death of a Loved One

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    Death is never an easy topic to discuss and can become even more uncomfortable when you have to address this reality with a young family member.

    In the mind of a child, the concept of death can be difficult to grasp and to cope with. When discussing the passing of a loved one with youth, there are specific and suggested methods for approaching the topic.

    Infants, Toddlers, and Small Children
    When discussing death with toddlers, infants, and preschoolers, the most common response is confusion. They are often unable to grasp the permanent nature of the situation. You may need to have this conversation several times. Try to avoid telling the child that the deceased loved one is “sleeping” or “resting,” because this can cause an unnecessary fear in the child about naptime or bedtime. In a sensitive manner, help them understand the concept and reality of death.

    It is also a good idea to maintain the child’s daily schedule. Keeping his or her routine can go a long way in helping the child cope and adjust to the situation. Other activities that can help the child grieve include crying, writing, acting, performing, or creating art.

    Older Children and Teenagers
    Children that are of school age will have a variety of responses to the reality of death. Some may seem fearful, angry, or resentful, while others may even feel responsible for the occurrence. These are common emotions for children and teenagers, as well as adults. Regardless of age, it is important to convey that it is not his or her fault. Let them know they are free to approach you if they ever need to talk. Discussing the death and life of the loved one is also important for a youth in grieving. Periodically check in on them and how they are doing emotionally and spiritually.

    If you or a family member needs help coping with the death of a loved one, then consult the compassionate staff at Chapel of Chimes – Hayward . We offer funeral services, cemetery sales, and estate planning. Contact us today at (510) 471-3363. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you and your family step-by-step through the grieving process.

  • Funeral Planning: How to Decide Which Poems to Read at a Funeral

    When planning a funeral , it’s important to take the personality of the individual being remembered into consideration. Every detail of the ceremony, including poetry, should commemorate the life and accomplishments of the loved one who has passed away.

    In this short video , you will learn how to select the perfect poem to read at a funeral. If you want to capture the personality of the deceased, there are many items to consider. It may be helpful to ask the closest family members to provide suggestions or further information about the individual’s favorite poetry or song style.

    A quality funeral home and estate planning service can also help. Don’t hesitate to contact the Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward . Our compassionate staff can assist you every step along the way. Contact us today at (510) 471-3363 for more information.

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    Our recent blogs discussed some qualities to look for in a funeral service group and the benefits of grief support. If you would like to learn more, then explore these helpful resources. If you are looking for an experienced and caring funeral service group to help you after the loss of a loved one, contact Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward at (510) 471-3363.

  • Signs That You Should Consider Grief Support

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    Coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult, so establishing a network of individuals who can offer support is invaluable. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, consider how the support of a grief counselor or group may benefit you overcome the following common feelings associated with loss.

    Feelings of Helplessness
    After someone close to you has passed away, it is natural to feel hopeless about life and helpless in your grief. You may even find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, preferring to insulate yourself against another day without your spouse, parent, sibling, or friend. If you fear that there is no end to your hopelessness, then visit a grief counselor or consider joining a grief support group.

    Feeling Alone
    Do you feel like everyone around you is grieving differently? Do you know others who have dealt with the loss of a loved one and seemed to move on more quickly than you? Varied feelings and methods for coping with grief are also natural, and grief support can help. If you are looking for unconditional support in a non-judgmental setting, then seek a grief support group .

    Confusion and Indecision
    For some, the healing process begins after just a few days. For others, it can take several weeks, months, or even years. Whenever you feel you are ready to accept the loss of your loved one and start living happily and productively again, contact a grief support group in your area.

    Remember, coping with grief does not mean forgetting your loved one. With the help of grief support, you will not only be able to remember your loved one in a positive light every single day, but also start living your own life again. If you are looking for Bay Area funeral services from a funeral group that can help you find 24/7 grief support after your loss, contact Chapel of the Chimes – Hayward at (510) 471-3363.