• The Benefits of Pre-Planning a Funeral

    Funeral Planning Hayward

    Death never comes at an appropriate time, but when death seems imminent, loved ones can pre-plan a funeral without guessing what the deceased would have wanted for their memorial service. Pre-planning a funeral also removes a burden that is especially difficult to arrange during a time of mourning; the level-headedness that comes with pre-planning makes it easier for loved ones to prevent overspending. Having provisions in place for a funeral helps loved ones accept reality and adjust to impending changes. And, fortunately, you don’t have to go into this alone: funeral pre-planning services near Hayward can alleviate the stress by helping you find the right options for you and your family.

    At Chapel of the Chimes, we specialize in helping you memorialize your loved ones with funeral planning and services, personalized keepsakes, and more. Call us at (510) 398-6922 or visit our website to learn more about our services.

  • Memorialization Options for Cremated Remains

    With cremation becoming a more popular and practical alternative to burial, many people are looking for ways to memorialize their loved ones’ remains. There are traditional gravestone markers in a cemetery, of course. However, many people desire something a bit more personal when remembering their loved ones.

    Depending upon your desires, you have several options for memorializing your loved one’s remains. There are glass front niches which allow family members the opportunity to add mementos and personal effects to a climate-controlled, glass encased box. There are also elegant pedestal memorials that allow family a chance to erect a small, personalized monument in the deceased’s honor. For the outdoors-loving family, it may be more logical to choose a bench to hold the cremated remains. They can visit this bench for generations to come, sitting and reflecting on the memory of their loved one.

    Memorializing your loved one does not stop after the funeral service. We at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward wish to help you remember your loved ones in the best way possible after cremation services near Hayward. Call us at (510) 398-6922 to learn more about our funeral home and burial services.

  • How to Talk to Your Children About Death

    Before you attend funeral services, you may want to talk with your children about death. This will help them to better understand the natural course of life and cope with the loss of a loved one.

    Be Reassuring

    When talking to your children about death, be ready for some intense questions that may be hard to answer. Some children might start to question what will happen to them when you pass away. They may even become frightened and worry that they will be left alone. Take this time to reassure them that they will always be loved and cared for. Reassure your children that you plan to be around to care for them.

    Use Appropriate Words

    People often refer to death as someone “sleeping eternally,” or they may tell a child a pet was “put to sleep.” Parents may also prefer to say that a loved one or pet “went away.” These phrases may confuse and upset your children, especially when attending funeral services. They may fear going to sleep or be worried whenever someone is “going away” on vacation. Be frank with your children. Say words like “death” and “died.” They may not fully understand until they are older, but they will be less fearful and more capable of grasping what has happened to a deceased friend or relative.

    Take Advantage of Teaching Moments

    Whether you are attending a funeral service or see a dead bird on the sidewalk, you should take advantage of the moment to talk about death with your children. Kids are naturally curious about the world, living and dead, so it never hurts to explain that an animal or a flower has died. This will only further their understanding of death and life.

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward has many grief counselors in Hayward to help you and your family through this time. Our cemeteries are open for visitation Monday through Sunday from dawn until dusk. Please call us at (510) 398-6922 for further information.

  • We Honor Our Fallen Heroes

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our city of #Dallas, the law enforcement community, DART, and those impacted by this tragedy.

    You may use our online tribute page to send your thoughts to fallen officer’s families. You can also comment on this Facebook thread or come into our funeral home and sign a dedicated registry book. Your comments will be packaged up and sent to the families of the fallen officers.

    For more information, visit us online .

  • What to Know About Attending a Funeral

    Attending a funeral service may be difficult, but it is nonetheless important. Funeral services are a way to remember deceased loved ones, but they are also an opportunity to offer your support for the loved ones left behind.

    As you can see in the video, you should try to arrive about 15 to 30 minutes before the service begins so you can talk with the family. You should sign the registry book, and give your condolences to the family. This may be emotional, but many people appreciate this show of support and love.

    Funeral services can be trying for everyone involved, and that is why Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers grief counseling. We strive to make this time easier for you, whether you are planning ahead or seeking immediate funeral services . We are available for you at (510) 398-6922.