• Suggestions for Writing Your Loved One’s Obituary

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    Writing an obituary for a lost loved one can seem overwhelming. You may feel pressure to capture in print how special that person was to you, but remember that an obituary is primarily an announcement. Approaching it as an informational piece, rather an emotional memoriam, can help make the writing process easier. Here are some other useful tips to keep in mind:

    Check with the Funeral Home

    Before you begin writing, check in with your funeral home . Many funeral homes file obituaries on the family’s behalf as part of their services, and others are willing to do so for you, even if it is not part of their standard offerings. Your funeral home may ask you to fill out a form with information about your loved one so they can prepare the obituary and submit it to the newspaper for you.

    Research the Guidelines

    All newspapers have their own rules when it comes to obituaries. Some will accept any obituary written by anyone, while others have obituary writers on staff and only publish their work. Your local newspaper may also have restrictions on formatting and word count that you need to know. If you don’t follow the paper’s rules, your obituary may be delayed or rejected completely.

    Include Important Information

    When you write your loved one’s obituary, it is important to provide basic biographical information, including family members, the schools he or she attended, where he or she worked, military service, and any special memberships or hobbies he or she had. This information helps acquaintances recognize the deceased. It is also essential to use the obituary to make announcements about times for any visitation services and the funeral. If you prefer donations to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers, specify that in the obituary.

    Turn to the staff at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward for help with your loved one’s obituary. Our compassionate funeral home team can also help you create a fitting memorial service to remember your lost friend or family member. When you need our assistance, please call (510) 471-3363. 

  • How to Make Life Easier for Your Loved Ones after Your Passing

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    No one likes to think of leaving friends and family behind, but an even more disconcerting thought is the idea of leaving loved ones to handle unsettled affairs. There are many things you can do to ease the burden on your loved ones while they are dealing with your passing. Here are just a few of the ways you can provide a little bit of stability for your loved ones, even after you’re gone:

    Preplan Your Funeral

    Funeral planning is a demanding process that has to be completed under the worst possible circumstances. The friends and family of someone who has passed are often left with worries about satisfying last wishes and meeting significant costs. By preplanning your funeral , you can take all of these burdens off the shoulders of your loved ones. They won’t have to be concerned about not giving you a tribute you would have wanted, since you will design your own service. When you preplan your funeral, you can even pay some or all of your funeral expenses, so your loved ones don’t have to face the costs.

    Create a Will

    A will solves so much conflict for family and friends after the passing of a loved one. No matter the size of your estate, a will ensures that your property goes to exactly who you want to have it. It can prevent squabbles and hard feelings while giving your loved ones one less hassle to worry about. Work with a lawyer to draw up your will to ensure that it doesn’t include any problematic ambiguities.

    Buy Life Insurance

    Even a small life insurance policy can make a big difference to your family after you pass. In addition to helping to cover funeral costs, a life insurance policy can give your family some time to come to terms with the loss of your income and make financial decisions.

    Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward can help you plan your funeral so that your family doesn’t have to. Give them the peace of mind of knowing they are giving you the service you would have wanted and help lighten the financial load. Start the process today by calling (510) 471-3363. 

  • Suggestions for Choosing Memorial Jewelry

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    Saying goodbye to a lost loved one is never easy. It is often helpful to look for personal ways to stay connected to special memories and carry your loved one with you always. Memorial jewelry can be a perfect way to do just that. By wearing a piece of jewelry that celebrates your relationship with your lost loved one, you can always keep him or her close to your heart.

    Memorial jewelry comes in a wide array of styles, so there is something for everyone. You may wish to select a piece of jewelry that celebrates something special about your loved one, such as a patriotic pendant to honor military service. Religious-themed jewelry or jewelry that features messages of hope are other options. If your loved one was cremated, you can even carry some of the ashes with you always in necklace pendants or key chains.

    Hayward’s Chapel of the Chimes offers a large selection of memorial jewelry —just one more way we can help as you find ways to cope with your grief. To find out more about the services at our funeral home, please call (510) 471-3363. 

  • Useful Funeral Attire Advice for Women

    Dressing appropriately for a funeral marks your respect for the person who has passed. For men and women alike, dark colors are the best choice for funeral attire, but women have a few other decisions they have to make. This video offers helpful tips to help women dress for funerals. 

    A black dress or pants suit would be a traditional choice, but navy and maroon are also acceptable. Don’t wear anything revealing and skip flourishes like stilettos and big jewelry that are better suited for nights on the town. Carry a small bag with a handkerchief and consider wearing waterproof mascara.

    Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward has the experience and compassion to help family members and their guests prepare for funerals. Learn more about the services our  funeral home  provides by calling (510) 471-3363. 

  • Above Ground Entombment Options at Chapel of the Chimes

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    Mausoleums are among the oldest burial spaces in the world, and some of the most notable examples in Egypt still stand today. Chapel of the Chimes can provide your family with the legacy of a mausoleum with beautiful spaces that may be customized to your unique needs.

    There are two dedicated mausoleum spaces—the elegant Circle of Peace round, indoor mausoleum and the extensive outdoor mausoleum offering more affordable, yet prestigious accommodations. Both of these areas have spaces available for caskets or urns. For a more private and custom option, you might select a private mausoleum that can be designed to your family’s exact specifications to create a beautiful monument honoring your loved ones.

    To explore these options and other burial services available at Chapel of the Chimes , call us at (510) 471-3363 or visit our website. We also provide pre-need funeral planning to help you offer your family peace of mind and low-stress arrangements in the future. 

  • Hayward Chapel of the Chimes Donates Almost $6,000 to Red Cross in Support of People Affected by Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

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    Hayward Chapel of the Chimes hosted a candlelight vigil in honor of Typhoon Haiyan victims on Friday, Nov. 22 and raised almost $6,000 in donations going to Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts.

    The funds will be used to help repair and rebuild facilities, reopen roads, restore key services, provide temporary housing and support healthcare and food needs in the regions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. 

    This article comes courtesy of Union Path .