• Helping Your Child Deal with the Loss of a Grandparent

    Grandparents have a special place in a child’s heart. When the time comes to say goodbye, children need the help of an attentive listener. Parents and other family members can encourage children to discuss the loss and their emotions. They can also do shared activities together to remember the grandparent, such as making a scrapbook of memories, creating a journal of stories about the grandparent, and writing letters to the grandparent.

    For more assistance with helping your child through this difficult time, listen to the experts in this video. This mom explains the importance of giving the child a sense of control over the situation. For example, ask the child if he or she is comfortable attending the funeral.

    Chapel of the Chimes of Hayward, CA offers the funeral service and burial options of a funeral home combined with the grief support services of a counseling clinic. Your family is invited to connect with our funeral home by calling (510) 471-3363 or visiting our website for 24/7 grief support.

  • Funeral Etiquette Tips for the Bereaved

    Funeral Etiquette Tips for the Bereaved - Chapel of the Chimes - Hayward

    When a loved one passes, you may feel quickly overwhelmed by all of the details that must be arranged. Look to the professionals at the funeral home for support and don’t hesitate to ask questions about funeral etiquette or other topics. Funeral etiquette can vary, depending on your loved one’s particular preferences and religious beliefs. In general, however, immediate family members will be seated in the first one to two rows at the house of worship. If there aren’t many surviving family members, you can ask other individuals in attendance to move closer to the front.

    As an immediate family member, you can expect many people to approach you to offer their condolences. Often, this occurs during calling hours at the funeral home and at the house of worship immediately prior to the funeral service. The funeral home representatives can show you where to stand to greet the attendees. Usually, a simple handshake or hug, along with words thanking the individual for coming will suffice. If a mourner wishes to discuss the details of the death and you’re not comfortable doing so, feel free to let that person know that you’d rather not discuss it.

    Families in Hayward and those throughout the East Bay area can find the answers they need at Chapel of the Chimes. Since 1872, our funeral home has assisted families in saying their final goodbyes with respectful funeral services, burial, and cremation.

  • The Benefits of Joining a Grief Support Group

    Every person reacts in a unique way when confronted with the loss of a loved one. Some people prefer to work through their grief with the support of their family members or a close friend, while others prefer to rely on the grief support services at the funeral home . It can be beneficial for many mourners to join a grief support group at a funeral home, particularly for those who feel isolated in their grief. 

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    Anticipatory Grief

    Although it’s common for individuals to consider joining a grief support group after the loss of a loved one, many people do not realize that they can go through the grieving process well before the loved one passes. This is known as anticipatory grief, and it’s quite common when a loved one is critically ill. Joining a grief support group during this time by no means indicates that you’re “giving up” on your loved one—only that you’re doing what is necessary to care for your emotional and spiritual health. Regardless of where you are within the grieving process, your friends from the support group will be there to help you.

    Mutual Support

    Grief support groups offered by funeral homes provide a non-judgmental environment for mourners. You can feel free to discuss your feelings and challenges without fear of what others may think or say. You’ll have a shoulder to cry on and you can share your story with others who understand what you’re going through. Likewise, you can offer your own support to others who are struggling with the challenging emotions of grief.

    At Chapel of the Chimes, a funeral home in Hayward, we understand that everyone’s needs during the grieving process are different. Our funeral home offers a grief support group, interactive online videos, and online counseling services to help you through this difficult time. When it’s time to make final arrangements for your loved one, you can schedule a meeting with a professional at our funeral home by calling (510) 471-3363.

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  • Advice on Delivering a Memorable Eulogy

    When preparing to deliver a eulogy, remember that it is for a solemn occasion. Though sadness is probably the primary emotion felt during a eulogy, it’s definitely okay to tell a story that isn’t sad—one that lightens the mood and even makes people laugh, as long as it is respectful of the deceased and his or her family. The goal is to fondly remember the person who just passed away. Focus on one or two qualities that people love most about that person, and tell a story or two that dramatizes that person’s warmth and their contributions to friends and family. For more tips that will help you deliver a memorable eulogy, watch this video clip.

    Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, CA has offered funeral services since 1872. To learn more about our 61-acre cemetery and funeral home, call us at (510) 471-3363 or visit our website.