• Should You Consider Funeral Pre-Planning?


    Planning a funeral can be a stressful time for the loved ones of the deceased. In addition to shouldering the financial burden, survivors are left trying to figure out what their departed family member or friend would have wanted as a tribute. Funeral pre-planning can help change all of that. There are several advantages to pre-planning your funeral, but is it the right choice for you? Consider these funeral pre-planning benefits:

    Relieve Stress for Your Loved Ones Planning a funeral requires a considerable amount of time and decision-making in the midst of one of the most stressful events your loved ones will face. When you pre-plan your funeral, you remove a significant element of stress, allowing your loved ones to concentrate on supporting each other during this difficult time.

    Control the Details of Your Ceremony If you have specific ideas about how you would like your loved ones to remember you, funeral pre-planning is a must. It is the only way to ensure that your precise wishes are known. You can select everything from the venue and music to the readings and decorations at the ceremony. Even if you don’t have very strong ideas about your funeral, pre-planning still gives you a chance to put your stamp on your ceremony while relieving your loved ones of the burden of trying to guess your wishes.

    Manage the Financial Burden When you pre-plan your funeral, you can also pre-pay the cost of the service. Even if you don’t pay for the entire funeral, the investment you’ve made will free your loved ones from some of the financial stresses of funeral arrangements.

    If you’re considering funeral pre-planning , let Chapel of the Chimes – A Lifemark Group Property help. Call us at (510) 471-3363 to get the answers to all of your questions. We offer funeral, memorial, burial, and cremation services, and can help you make the right decisions as you put your affairs in order.


  • A Look at Your Funeral Burial Options

    Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward

    At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we’re committed to providing a range of funeral and burial options so you may give your loved one a fitting final tribute. We are proud to offer three burial choices to help meet your needs. Here are the selections we offer, so you and your loved ones may make a decision about which one would make the best memorial:

    Above-Ground Entombment Above-ground entombments are housed in structures called mausoleums. Mausoleums can take a few different forms. Some resemble memorials and are installed on private cemetery plots. Non-private mausoleums are housed indoors or outside and are usually large structures that provide a final resting place. Each plot is marked with a name and other wording chosen by the family. Most mausoleums can accommodate both caskets and urns.

    In-Ground Burial We offer a variety of in-ground burial options to accommodate all budgets. Individual plots and family estates are both available. We also offer lawn crypts, which combine the burial chamber of a mausoleum with in-ground burial. We can perform burial services with caskets or with urns.

    Memorialization If you opt for cremation , and plan to keep the urn with you instead of placing it in above-ground entombment or in-ground burial, we can still offer you a chance to have a memorial on our beautiful grounds. Cremation boulders and memorial estate benches are two beautiful additions we can make to our grounds to provide a tribute for your loved one. We also offer glass front niches, columbarium, and many other memorial choices.

    Whether you’re pre-planning your own funeral or making decisions for a loved one you’ve lost, Chapel of the Chimes – A Lifemark Group Property has the right solution for you. We’re always available to explain our burial options and help you find one that matches your needs. Learn more about our burial and funeral planning services by calling (510) 471-3363.

  • Our thoughts are with the victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon atrocity

    Our thoughts are with the victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon atrocity on April 15, 2013. Words fall short of expressing our sorrow to those who lost their lives and those who were injured.

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is hosting a book of condolences for the public to write messages to the victims and their families. We hope this small gesture will bring together our own community to offer encouragement and strength to all who have been affected. The book will be available to the public from April 16 – May 1 from 10am – 5pm daily and will be shared with the families and victims.

  • See More Planning Tips For Funeral Services At These Links

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    There are several legal documents you can fill out in order to promote peace of mind in the final weeks, months, or years of your life. To learn more about wills , living wills, and funeral pre-planning, take a look at these excellent, informative online resources.

    If you would like to speak with an East Bay funeral planning professional about funeral floral arrangements or funeral service planning, call Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward at (510) 471-3363.

  • Tips for Attending a Funeral

    Funerals are always emotionally taxing. Whether you are a family or a friend, chances are that you and the other guests will be experiencing feelings of sadness and grief . Because of the sensitivity of the situation, knowing the proper etiquette is critical.

    In this helpful video, you will learn some tips for attending a funeral. For example, when it comes to attire, make sure to dress conservatively. Black is the most common color to wear at a funeral.

    For some additional advice on funeral etiquette, check out the rest of the video.

    To learn more about how to plan a funeral, call Chapel of the Chimes today at (510) 471-3363.