• How Funerals Help Families Heal

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    It’s human nature to have or want a ceremony following or preceding a major life event. From the birth of a baby to the death of a loved one, it’s important not to discount the value of having a ceremony of some sort. At Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA, we offer a wide range of funeral services for families in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more about how funeral services like ours help families heal, read on.

    Acknowledging the Reality of the Loved One’s Death

    Following the death of a loved one , it can be excruciatingly difficult just to accept the reality of his or her passing. A funeral reinforces the reality of the loved one’s death, which is an essential part of the grieving process.

    Accept Support From the Community

    Many families find it empowering to talk with visitors at a loved one’s funeral. Visitors who knew the deceased can offer support in the form of condolences, and may even share stories about the deceased with the other funeral attendees, which can help everyone reflect and heal together. This is also an excellent opportunity to connect with people who are willing to offer an open ear or a shoulder to cry on after the funeral.

    Create a Common Experience with Living Loved Ones

    Funeral services give families and friends the opportunity to acknowledge the loss and express all of the emotions that come with that loss. Sadness and story telling are central features of many funeral services. Living loved ones can draw support from one another and take comfort in knowing that they aren’t alone in their grieving.

    If your loved one had plans for his or her funeral, bringing those plans to fruition can be a healing experience for the family. If the deceased did not leave any plans, the family has the opportunity to design a funeral service that expresses the loved one’s individuality. To learn more about the funeral services offered at Chapel of the Chimes, a leading funeral home in Hayward , visit our website or call us at (510) 471-3363.

  • Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

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    According to a recent article in TIME Magazine, it is likely that 50% of Americans will choose cremation instead of burial by 2017. The ashes of the deceased are both harmless and highly portable. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), approximately one third of people bury the ashes, one third keep them, and one third scatter them. Many who scatter their loved one’s ashes like the idea of doing so at sea, but the EPA dictates that boats and planes carrying ashes cannot release them within three nautical miles from the shore. Many others like to scatter their loved one’s ashes at their favorite national park.

    If you are looking for cremation services in Oakland , Chapel of the Chimes has exactly what you need. In addition to cremation services, we offer burial options for your loved one’s ashes. Call us at (510) 455-4004 or visit our website for more information about our funeral and cremation services.


  • After Your Loved One’s Funeral: What Are Your Responsibilities?

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    If you recently said goodbye to a loved one following services at a funeral home , there are a few things still left to do. For example, if your loved one was cremated, there are a number of things you can do to honor his or her remains. Even if you have requested donations to a cause in lieu of flowers, you may still receive some memorial arrangements. Here are some tips that will help you manage the responsibilities following your loved one’s funeral.


    You can keep your loved one’s ashes in an urn, which can be placed somewhere special inside your home. You may want to purchase more than one urn if you have other family members who want to keep your loved one’s ashes. Another option is to take the ashes to a cemetery, where they can be buried and then honored with a cremation memorial such as a bench or pedestal. Many people like to scatter ashes somewhere in nature. But because not all areas allow the scattering of human remains, it’s important to check the law before you begin scattering ashes .


    You can leave floral arrangements at home, take them to the funeral home, give them to family members, leave them at the gravesite, or give them to a hospital or retirement home as long as the arrangement is not obviously funeral-related. Take the cards that come with the arrangements so you can thank the givers.


    Many people purchase a marker or monument to place on the gravesite. You can find monuments in the form of a bench, pedestal memorials, mausoleums, and more. Personalized memorials usually contain the name, date of birth, and date of death.

    To learn more about your responsibilities following the funeral services , visit Chapel of the Chimes of Hayward, CA online. Our website has a list of resources for funeral planning, grief and healing, and funeral etiquette. Call us at (510) 471-3363 or visit our website for more information.

  • What Does It Mean to Sit Shiva?

    Following a burial in Jewish tradition, there is a seven-day period of mourning for the dead. This is also known as sitting shiva. It begins after the burial, when the family and everyone at the cemetery must symbolically wash their hands. If possible, it is best to sit shiva in the home where the loved one who passed away lived, because in Jewish tradition this is where the soul hovers during this period of mourning. Watch the video clip to learn more about what it means to sit shiva.

    Chapel of the Chimes is a  funeral home  in Hayward with a deep respect for the diversity of the many ways to mourn the death of a loved one. Visit our website to see all of the ways that we can honor the life of your loved one who passed away. For more information, call us at (510) 471-3363.