• How to Support Others Going Through the Grieving Process

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    When someone close to you is grieving, you are likely inclined to want to support and assist that person in every way you can. Because the grieving process is highly personal and different for everyone, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to act around your loved one. Here is some helpful advice from a Bay Area funeral home that can help you support your loved one.

    Express Yourself

    It can be helpful for both you and your loved one if you express your condolences and your genuine desire to support him or her. You may be worried about the wording of your condolences, but try not to be. When you are expressing sympathy, it is okay to acknowledge the reason for your sympathy.


    One of the most important ways that you can offer your support is by lending your ear to actively listen . When talking with your loved one, let him or her guide the conversation. Be compassionate, and don’t try to fill silences—they might come just before your friend or family member opens up about things he or she really wants to talk about.

    Offer Assistance

    Ask to help run errands, do some cleaning, and assist in any way you can. You can even offer to assist with any funeral arrangements your loved one may need help with.

    Follow Through and Follow Up

    If you commit to doing something with or for your loved one, follow through on your commitment. This will remind your loved one that you care about him or her. Follow up in the days and weeks to come, and call a help hotline or 911 if your loved one vocalizes suicidal thoughts.

    If your friend or family member needs help from an East Bay funeral home with making arrangements for the death of a loved one, Chapel of the Chimes can help. Contact our full-service funeral home located in Hayward for assistance today at (510) 471-3363.

  • More About Pre-Planning a Funeral and Mausoleums

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    If you found our recent blog posts interesting, please explore the resources provided below. These links include useful information that can help you create the perfect tribute for your recently deceased family member. 

    • If you want to learn more about the history of the Taj Mahal , the most famous mausoleum in the world, read this article from TheTajMahalIndia.com.
    • To learn more about how pre-planning a funeral can help you focus on what matters, read this article from the National Funeral Directors Association.
    • Do you want to know more about what a mausoleum actually is ? If so, read this article from the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

    To inquire about our funeral services in the San Jose area, call  Chapel of the Chimes  at (510) 471-3363.

  • Quote of the Week: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

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  • This Sunday We Would Like to Wish All Dads a Happy Father’s Day!!

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  • We Can Help You Create the Perfect Tribute

    Funerals are a time to mourn, but they’re also a time to celebrate. They give you the opportunity to gather with family and pay tribute to the relative who you’ve lost.

    With this video, you can learn how Chapel of the Chimes can help you create the perfect tribute for your recently deceased family member. Every individual is unique and has his or her own preferences, tastes, and desires. Our professional staff can help you pay tribute to your loved one by incorporating elements that honor the memory of his or her life.

    Planning a tribute and a funeral can be difficult, so it is important to seek help during this trying time. To learn more about how Chapel of the Chimes can help you create the perfect tribute, call us at (510) 471-3363.

  • 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 , in San Jose, 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.

  • Did You Know: June focuses on educating people about how to create a safe environment for their kids | Children’s Awareness Month

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    Children’s Awareness Month is sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Memorial Day at Chapel of the Chimes!

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    Thank you to everyone who made our Memorial Day celebration a huge success this year!

    Everyone had a wonderful time and we look forward to celebrating again next year!