• Understand the Symbolism Behind Some Commonly Selected Funeral Flowers

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    When attending a funeral, one thoughtful way to demonstrate your appreciation of the deceased and pay your respects to his or her family is with a floral arrangement. Flowers of all colors and types can be found at funerals these days, from the cheerful to the somber. Here is a brief guide to the meaning behind the flowers that appear most frequently at funeral and memorial services .

    Carnations Attractive, affordable, and available in many colors, carnations have long been a prominent choice among funeral goers. Pink blooms symbolize remembrance, red blooms love, and white innocence—either the innocence of the young life that was lost or that which is returned to the soul after disembarking from the body. People also choose carnations for their longevity.

    Chrysanthemums From Germany to Japan, chrysanthemums are a flower closely associated with grief and mourning . To show the despair you feel at the loss of a loved one, adorn his or her casket with these perennial flowers.

    Lilies The standard flower on display at funerals in East Asia; lilies have remained a funeral mainstay among Americans with Asian ancestry, and have grown popular among members of non-Asian cultures as well. White lilies symbolize purity, truth, and sincerity, while golden lilies have been associated with reincarnation of the soul.

    Roses The first bloom that comes to mind when many people hear the word “flower,” roses are popular at all sorts of ceremonies. White, red, and pink roses can often be found at funerals, since they symbolize love, grace, and reverence.

    Snapdragons An increasingly common choice for funeral floral arrangements, the snapdragon is said to represent graciousness. As with carnations, this Old World flower is also fairly resistant to wilting.

    If you have any questions about funeral flowers or sympathy gifts that this article did not answer, a funeral home representative is able to help you. To speak with a compassionate and experienced funeral director at a full service funeral home in the East Bay Area, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward today at (510) 471-3363.

  • How Your Funeral Home Can Help You With Your Will

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    The word “will” usually refers to one of two documents. First, there is the living will: a written declaration of one’s preferences pertaining to medical treatment should you no longer be of sound mind to give consent or refuse. The second and more common type of will is a document that outlines how and to whom you would like your estate to be allocated following your funeral . To learn more about what the latter should contain, keep reading.

    Executor’s Name An executor serves to ensure that the terms of your will are carried out in accordance with your written wishes. The executor must be an adult who is of sound mind. This person may be a friend, a family member, a lawyer, or member of a trust or foundation. As your executor will represent you in the dealings of your estate after your death, you will want to choose someone who is both reliable and trustworthy.

    Beneficiaries and Property Division From residential property to that tiny yet valuable trinket you picked up traveling abroad 20 years ago, you may use your will as a medium for transferring ownership of any property you possess to designated heirs.

    Payment of Debts Should you have any debts at the time of your death, you should use your will as a space to outline how these debts are to be paid off. For instance, you might specify that funds from an emergency account are to go toward your debts.

    Other Important Considerations Do you have children or teenagers under the age of 18? What about pets? You should indicate in your will who will serve as guardian or caretaker of dependent loved ones after you have passed on. Speak to this person in advance, and consider allocating monetary assets to this person to assist with caretaking expenses.

    Your will must be signed by a notary, two witness, and yourself. Most reputable funeral homes have a public notary who can authorize your will and answer any questions you have about the will-writing process. To speak with a caring and dedicated funeral service provider in the East Bay about pre-planning your funeral and writing your will, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward at (510) 471-3363.