• Consider Funeral Pre-Planning

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    Planning a funeral for a loved one is never an easy experience. In addition to being a time of mourning and sadness, it can also be a time of high stress caused by last minute organization and planning. You can make the process of arranging a funeral easier for your loved ones by pre-planning. Here is a look at some of the advantages of pre-planning a funeral .

    • You Can Remove the Burden of Planning from Your Loved Ones

    When a loved one passes away, it is important thing spend time with family and share memories of the recently deceased. Pre-planning your funeral can provide your family members with time to accept the loss and mourn together. You will have the chance to organize all of the details of the funeral ahead of time as a gift to your family members. Instead of having to make last minute arrangements, your loved ones will be able to spend time with family.

    • Your Funeral will Match Your Wishes

    A funeral is an important event for everyone involved. Knowing that the funeral has been arranged to your liking will help put your family members at ease and allow them to feel comfortable honoring your memory. In addition, because all of the details are pre-arranged, your loved ones won’t have to worry about anything going awry. Seeking help from a funeral home director will ensure that your funeral is perfectly planned. Whether you want a simple ceremony or a more detailed, ornate affair, pre-planning will ensure that the funeral is appropriate and provides your loved ones with a chance to mourn.

    If you want to know more about the benefits of pre-planning a funeral, call Chapel of the Chimes at (510) 471-3363. We offer a wide range of pre-planning packages, making it possible for you to plan an appropriate funeral.

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  • A Look at Mausoleums

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    Mausoleums are aboveground structures designed to hold caskets or urns. Both the size and capacity of mausoleums can vary greatly. There are a number of reasons why you may choose a mausoleum as the resting place for a recently deceased loved one, including discomfort with the idea of a relative being buried underground and a preference for the comfort and solace offered by indoor visitation. Continue reading to learn more about mausoleums.

    • Famous Mausoleums

    Historically, mausoleums have been built as expressions of undying devotion or love. The Taj Mahal , for example, is one of the most elaborate monumental mausoleums. This structure, which is located in Agra, India, is one of the world’s most famous mausoleums. Built by Shah Jahan for his wife, the Taj Mahal has become a symbol of eternal love. Other famous mausoleums include the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The Pyramids of Giza are the world’s oldest known mausoleums and were built to house the remains of Egyptian pharaohs.

    • Private Mausoleums

    Today, smaller, private mausoleums are much more common than monumental ones. Private mausoleums are generally built for a specific family and can be designed to hold any number of caskets or urns. These mausoleums provide a great way to provide tribute to a family by serving as the resting place of several relatives. Private mausoleums can be designed in a multitude of ways. Chapel of the Chimes can design your private mausoleum based on your preferences and budget limitations. A garden mausoleum combines natural beauty with the elegance of aboveground entombment.

    If you want to know more about mausoleums, call Chapel of the Chimes at (510) 471-3363. For families that have recently lost a loved one, a private mausoleum is a wonderful way to preserve your relative’s memory while offering family members a tranquil and beautiful place to visit.

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  • Learn More About Memorial Options And Our Signature Services With These Resources

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    If you would to read more about innovative ways of memorializing your loved one or about choosing between burial and cremation, the following resources may be of interest to you.

    • Choosing music for your loved one’s funeral may not be the first funeral planning task that comes to mind, but it is an important one.
    • If someone you love has recently died and you do not know how to begin planning the funeral, you may find this funeral planning guide helpful.
    • TheLightBeyond.com offers some helpful advice on determining whether burial or cremation is best for your loved one.
    • If you have questions about cremation , take a look at this guide from the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association to find the answers.

    To speak with a caring and experienced funeral director in the East Bay, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward at (510) 471-3363.

  • See the Most Photographed Mausoleum

    You have probably heard about and seen pictures of the Taj Mahal, but did you know that it is actually a mausoleum ? It was built in the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for Mumtaz Mahal, his third wife.

    For a glimpse of one of the world’s most visited and photographed mausoleums, watch this brief video. In it, you will be able to view the interior and exterior of this impressive and elegant structure from several different angles.

    Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward offers a beautiful 61-acre cemetery where you can pre-arrange burial for yourself or lay a loved one to rest. To find out more about our cemetery and the funeral services we provide, call us at (510) 471-3363.

  • Our Signature Services Set Us Apart

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    When a loved one dies, you are unlikely to have the time or energy to search for the ideal funeral home. Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward offers a number of signature services, allowing you to plan the perfect memorial service .

    Special Instrumental Tribute

    You can personalize your loved one’s memorial service with a special instrumental tribute. At Chapel of the Chimes, we offer soothing harp music, a bagpiper’s lament, and a violin number that are all appropriate for memorial services.

    Custom Tribute Wristbands

    Our funeral service providers can also arrange to have tribute wristbands custom-designed for the friends and family members who attend the funeral. These wristbands can be worn for years in memory of the individual whose name is engraved upon them.

    Memory Framed Portrait

    Honor your loved one with a beautiful portrait that can be displayed at the memorial service. Simply give one of the artists we work with a copy of your favorite personal photograph and, by the time of the funeral service, the portrait will be ready for display.

    Limousine Service

    If your loved one would have chosen to be honored in style, our funeral home can arrange for a limousine transport for you and your family. This transport can take family members from the funeral service to the burial site, and then to any reception that may be held afterwards.

    Flight Home

    One of the most beautiful tributes that we offer is the release of white doves during a funeral service. This is an extraordinary way to signify your loved one’s departure from this world.

    Would you like to incorporate one or more of the signature services described above into your loved one’s funeral service? If so, Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward is prepared to help. Call (510) 471-3363 to speak with one of our caring, helpful, and experienced funeral service providers.