• How to Invite Guests to a Funeral

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    When you plan a funeral for a loved one, one of the biggest tasks you have is letting people know when and where the funeral service will be held. It can be hard to know exactly where to begin, but there are several different ways to approach inviting people, so you can choose the method that feels right to you.

    Traditionally, families invited people to funerals by calling them. If you use this method, you can take part of the burden off of your shoulders by asking other family members to split the task with you. Today, sending emails to notify people is also acceptable and can be less time consuming and emotionally draining than phone calls. You can also opt for personalized e-card invitations. Be sure to also put information about the funeral in the obituary if plans are in place when it goes to print.

    Funeral guests can find information about services on the Chapel of the Chimes website, which can be another helpful tool for families. Find out how we can support you with your funeral planning needs by calling our Hayward funeral home at (866) 475-9407. 

  • What to Do After a Loved One Passes Away

    The period after a loved one’s death can be stressful and confusing. In the midst of the emotional turmoil, there are also many tasks that need to be completed, and knowing where to start can be difficult. Your funeral home can help walk you through the process, but here is a look at some of the first things you must do when a loved one passes away. 

    What to Do After a Loved One Passes Away - Chapel of the Chimes Hayward

    Alert the Appropriate People

    Right after a loved one passes away, your initial focus may be on notifying family and friends, but you’ll also need to report the death to the appropriate authorities in your area. In most cases, this means your loved one’s doctor and a funeral director. The doctor and funeral director will work together to complete the death certificate you’ll need to handle your loved one’s final affairs. The funeral director will also arrange for your loved one to be transferred to the funeral home. If your loved one passed away at a hospital or care facility, the staff can help you alert the right people. If the death occurs elsewhere and you’re not sure what to do, call 911.

    Choose Disposition Method

    The first decision you have to make when it comes to planning a funeral is whether your loved one will be buried or cremated. If he or she pre-planned the funeral, these choices will be straightforward. If not, make the choice you think best represents your loved one’s wishes. The funeral home will help you with the planning that follows from that decision, such as choosing a cemetery and funeral service location.

    Invite Family and Friends to the Funeral

    Once the funeral plans are in place, let family and friends know about the arrangements. You can call them, send emails, or send electronic invitations. Keep in mind that out-of-town guests will need time to make appropriate arrangements.

    At Chapel of the Chimes , we know how confusing this time can be, and we are here to make it as simple as possible for you. Let us help you navigate the funeral planning process so you can focus on loved ones. Learn more about our Hayward funeral home by calling (510) 471-3363.