• Proper Funeral Etiquette

    If you have never attended funeral services in Hayward, you may be unaware of proper behavior at a funeral ceremony. This video explains common funeral customs.

    When you enter a funeral home, you can offer your condolences to the family in mourning. If you have brought a card or flowers, you may be instructed to leave your gift on a designed table. Once the funeral service begins, quiet is expected among all the guests. Showing sadness is a natural part of the grieving process, though, so feel free to express your emotions during this time. Wearing dark colors such as black or navy is often most appropriate for this type of service.

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward can help you pre-plan a funeral or arrange a funeral. For information on our complete funeral services , call (510) 471-3363.

  • The Benefits of Grief Support Groups

    Grief is a complicated challenge that lasts well after the funeral services conclude. For many, it’s a process that follows them for a lifetime. For some, it’s a process that begins before their loved ones pass, as anticipatory grief is common during a long illness. Each mourner must find his or her own way to work through grief. It can be helpful to try a variety of grief support resources, such as support groups, to find which helps you best. You can ask the funeral home or grief counselors to direct you to a local grief support group.

    Working Through the Grieving Process

    Grief often has an isolating effect. You may find it difficult to be around other people who don’t know what you’re going through and you may feel as though you’re alone in your grief. One of the many benefits of joining a grief support group is that it counters the isolating effect of loss. You’ll be around others who feel the acute pain of loss. At first, you may only wish to listen to the moderator and to the stories of other participants. Later, you may feel comfortable sharing your experience and discussing your feelings. The purpose of a grief support group isn’t to help you “get over” your loss more quickly, but rather to give you the support you need to work through your challenges in a healthy manner.

    Learning Coping Skills

    The moderator and the other participants in the grief support group can help you by discussing coping skills that may help. And in turn, you can share your insight as to what has helped you. Certainly, traditional coping methods such as writing in a journal can help many people who are grieving. However, you may learn about surprising methods of coping at the support group, such as learning how to mountain bike to honor a loved one who thrived on outdoor activities. Grief is a journey that is unique to each mourner.

    With the grief support services available from Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, you’re never alone after your loss. Our funeral home provides grief support services near Hayward, 24/7. You can learn more about grief support services on our website or call us at (510) 471-3363.

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  • Tips for Arranging a Funeral

    Unless you’re pre-planning your own funeral services, the process of planning a funeral takes place during a very difficult time. It can be challenging to make decisions when you’re overcome with emotion, which is why it’s important to choose a funeral home in Hayward with funeral directors who are both helpful and trustworthy. You may wish to bring along another family member or a friend. A friend can help you by asking questions that you may not think of during this time.

    When planning funeral services, your loved one’s final wishes are of utmost importance. Your loved one may have left behind instructions regarding a preference for cremation or burial, and for music and flowers. If not, think about your loved one’s preferences during life to guide your decisions. Another factor to consider is how to help fellow mourners participate in honoring the life of your loved one, even if they live far away. The funeral home may offer an array of memorial options, such as tribute videos, memorial websites, and live funeral webcasting.

    Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward invites families to explore our respectful options for honoring the life of your loved one, including our webcasting option for distant family members. You can request more information about our funeral services by calling (510) 471-3363.

  • Cremation Services from Chapel of the Chimes

    For more than 140 years, families throughout the East Bay area have turned to Chapel of the Chimes for end of life services. With on-site cremation services , families can find comfort in knowing that our funeral directors closely monitor each phase of the cremation process to make sure that each individual is treated with the utmost respect and dignity. If your loved one preferred a cremation rather than burial services, your family has a wide range of ceremony and memorial options to choose from.

    Simple Ceremonial Cremation

    When planning a cremation ceremony, your family must decide whether it would be best to hold the visitation prior to the cremation. This would allow mourners to say their final goodbyes in front of an open or closed casket. If your family prefers this option, choose our Simple Ceremonial Cremation. Following the visitation, a private gathering or religious ceremony may take place. Afterward, the cremains are returned to your family.

    Simple Memorial Cremation

    Many families find it best to hold a ceremony after the cremation . In lieu of a full-body visitation, our Simple Memorial Cremation provides for a religious or ceremonial gathering following the return of the cremains.

    Non-Ceremonial Cremation

    It is not uncommon for a loved one to have expressed in his or her final wishes that no ceremony or funeral service is to be held. Likewise, some families find that this option best suits them, for various reasons. They may have difficulty undertaking the emotional turmoil that can accompany a ceremony, for instance. If you choose a non-ceremonial cremation, our funeral home will bring your loved one directly into our care. After the cremation, we provide delivery of the ashes to you, or to your place or person of preference.

    The caring staff at Chapel of the Chimes holds the dignity of your lost loved one in our highest regard. It is our wish that your family will find the guidance you need at our funeral home in Hayward to respectfully say goodbye to your loved one. If you would like to request more information about our cremation services or other options, please call (510) 471-3363 or visit our website.

  • Planning a Funeral

    When you visit a funeral home in Hayward to arrange a funeral for your loved one, the funeral director there will walk you through each decision that needs to be made. One major decision is determining whether your loved one would have preferred a cremation or burial services. If burial services are appropriate, you’ll need to select a casket. The funeral home will also offer a selection of urns if your loved one would have preferred cremation.

    You can watch this video to hear a funeral director describe the other aspects involved with planning a funeral. He discusses the benefits of pre-planning, the types of services to consider, and the music selections you might choose.

    Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward offers a range of respectful options for your loved one’s funeral service, including cremation ceremonies. Call (510) 471-3363 and ask us about pre-planning your funeral.