• How to Write a Eulogy

    The loss of a loved one is never easy. Preparing a eulogy during this time of great sadness can be a way to reflect on the deceased’s life. Watch this helpful video clip for tips on how to write and deliver a eulogy.

    When preparing a eulogy, it is important to allow yourself time to write down your own memories of the deceased and to talk with friends and family members about their memories. Be sure to take notes when gathering information. After assembling stories and facts about the person’s life, prepare a draft and have someone you trust review it for accuracy and content.

    At  Chapel of the Chimes , in San Jose, we understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one. Call us at (510) 471-3363 to speak with one of our caring funeral professionals and let us ease your burden.

  • Learn More About The Funeral Process With These Resources

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    Have you found our recent blog posts to be helpful? To learn more about providing support to a loved one who is in mourning or making arrangements to scatter a loved one’s cremated remains on California soil (or in the Pacific Ocean), visit the links below. To speak with the director of a funeral home who serves East Bay residents of all cultures and backgrounds, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward at (510) 471-3363.

    · For helpful advice on supporting friends and family members who are grieving the loss of a loved one, visit HelpGuide.org .

    · This Wall Street Journal article discusses the scattering of cremated remains in various environments throughout the United States.

    · The more you understand about the grieving process, the better you will be able to support a loved one who is coping with a loss. Read about the five commonly accepted stages of grief and loss first proposed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in this PsychCentral.com article.

    · Find out more about the process involved in obtaining a permit for the scattering of a loved one’s cremated remains in California at the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau’s website.

    · Learn more about sea burials and regulations pertaining to them at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

  • What You Need to Know about Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes

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    Scattering your loved one’s cremated remains in an open field, a body of water, or anywhere else that held significance to the individual can make for a personal and memorable tribute. While those making funeral arrangements have many options for scattering cremated remains in California, they do not have free reign. To ensure that you stay within the framework of the law as you make plans to scatter your loved one’s ashes, continue reading.

    Permit Requirements

    An individual must obtain a permit for the disposition of human remains from the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau of California before scattering a loved one’s ashes . The name and address of the cemetery or other location at which the remains will be scattered must be stated on the permit. For disposition of remains in the Pacific Ocean, the location is “burial at sea.” This permit must be filed with a registrar of births and deaths within 10 days of the disposition in the district where the scattering was held.

    Restricted Locales

    California offers great freedom for residents scattering the cremated remains of loved ones. Unless a local prohibition exists in a location, you just need the permission of the property owner or governing agency responsible for the land on which you wish to scatter the remains in order to obtain the legal right to do so.

    At Sea

    Scattering ashes in the Pacific is allowed. A permit for this can be easily obtained, but the scattering must not take place within 500 yards of the shoreline. Boats or other vessels from which cremated remains are scattered must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    On Land

    Before remains are scattered, they must be removed from their holding containers. Once ashes have been scattered, their presence must not be recognizable to the public.

    Are you a resident of the East Bay area who is looking for a scenic location for the disposition of your loved one’s ashes? Chapel of the Chimes Hayward has a well-maintained cemetery where your loved one’s ashes can be returned to the earth. We also have cremation niches, benches, and fully customized monuments where your loved one’s ashes can be interned. To find out more about our services and facilities, call (510) 471-3363.

  • Quote of the Week: “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” -Andre Gide

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  • How to Buy a Gravestone

    When planning a funeral , one of the most important decisions you will be tasked with is choosing a gravestone or monument to mark the site at which your loved one’s body is buried. If you are looking for some advice on choosing the ideal marker for your loved one’s final resting place, check out this educational video clip.

    With this video, you can gain some insight that will help you look through gravestone and funeral marker options and choose one that is appropriate for your loved one’s burial spot. You will also learn about the importance of discussing the funeral marker with a representative of the cemetery at which your loved one will be buried.

    Chapel of the Chimes , in Hayward, is a full-service funeral home that offers serene hillside and bay-view cemetery options. To learn more about our cemetery and the gravestone options we can offer for your loved one, call (510) 471-3363.

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    “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” ~Moshe Dayan

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