• A Look at the Brookside Cremation Garden

    Funeral Home Hayward When considering cremation as part of the funeral services for a deceased loved one, many people have questions about what they can do with the cremated remains. One of your options is to have them buried in a cremation garden. At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we offer a wide range of cemetery options for cremated remains, one of which is burial within the Brookside Cremation Garden.

    The Brookside Cremation Garden features beautiful memorials that are handcrafted from fine granite. Each one is designed to house one or more urns in a discreet way and can also work as a traditional burial marker. These memorials celebrate the life and personalities of deceased individuals and can provide comfort and inspiration for surviving family members.

    Are you looking for a memorial park near Hayward? If so, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 400-4442 for more information about our cremation gardens , memorial services, and grief support services.

  • Steps to Take When Planning a Funeral

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    After the loss of a loved one, arranging funeral services can feel confusing and overwhelming. However, knowing what needs to be accomplished can make this task easier . If you’re planning a funeral, then read on to learn about what steps you should take during this process.

    Take a Moment
    Unfortunately, many people make decisions that they later regret when arranging a funeral because of the pressure that they feel and the fact that they’ve never planned a funeral before. While some religions require a quick burial, many do not demand that you make any decisions immediately. If you are under time constraints due to religious requirements, reach out to your local religious leader and take advantage of the resources that they offer.

    Make Careful Decisions
    After slowing down and allowing yourself some time to accept the news, there are a few basic decisions that you should make. If the deceased did not leave indications regarding their funeral service preferences, then you will need to select between cremation and burial, decide what type of funeral service you would like to hold, determine if there will be a memorial, and choose if there will be a viewing or not.

    Ask for Help
    If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the decisions that you need to make or your everyday duties in addition to the funeral planning, then do not hesitate to ask for help. Reach out to your friends and family and let them know what you need to get through this stressful time, whether it be assistance with planning the funeral, babysitting, or even grocery shopping. Trying to take on all of the funeral responsibilities plus your normal ones will only make the planning process more stressful and emotional, so being prepared to ask for help during this time is key.

    Are you planning a funeral near Hayward? If so, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 400-4442 for information about our services.

  • What to Consider When Choosing Between Cremation and a Traditional Burial

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    Whether you’re planning ahead for your memorial, or you’re in the process of arranging funeral services for a deceased loved one, you may need to choose between cremation and a traditional burial. Continue reading to learn what you should consider when making this decision.

    Knowing a bit more about each option can help you make this choice. Cremation involves burning the body into cremated remains, or ashes, which can be buried, kept by the family, scattered, or stored in a cremation niche. With burial, the body remains intact and can be buried or entombed immediately after the person’s death, funeral, or memorial.

    Many people turn to cremation as a more affordable funeral service option. While it’s true that going with cremation is generally less expensive than a traditional burial, keep in mind that the costs can end up being similar, depending on the various decision that you make regarding the process, funeral services, and memorialization options.

    For some situations, time becomes a factor when it comes to arranging a funeral. If time constraints affect your situation and you need to complete the funeral services within a short frame of time, then cremation prior to a funeral service may be the best option. However, if you want to include a viewing in the services or if you would prefer the body remain intact until funeral rites are performed, then burying the body immediately after the funeral or memorial may be your best option.

    Religion and Culture
    If you or the deceased adhere to a specific religion or culture, then it’s important to consider any associated funeral traditions. Before making any decisions, speak with your local cultural or religious leader to learn more about what is viewed as appropriate and ideal regarding burials and funeral services.

    If you’re organizing funeral services or wish to pre-plan your funeral in Hayward, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 400-4442 to learn about your options and the helpful resources that we offer.

  • Using Gifts and Flowers to Express Your Condolences

    When a friend or family member has lost someone close to them, people often struggle with how to express their sympathy. If you want to show your condolences to a grieving person when attending the funeral service, then watch this video for tips on doing so using flowers and gifts.

    If the grieving individual is a friend or coworker, then it’s customary to send a standing spray or basket for display at the funeral home. Consider going in on a single, large arrangement with other friends or colleagues. Before making a purchase, ensure that the flowers that you select are appropriate for the mourners’ cultural or religious traditions.

    If you or someone you know has recently suffered a loss, then please consider the grief support services in Hayward offered by Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. For information about these or our funeral planning services, please call (510) 400-4442.