• A Guide to Funeral Etiquette for Blended Families

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    Funerals are events that demand exceptional etiquette , and this can be more complicated for blended families. If you are part of a blended family that will be attending a funeral service, then consider this guide on funeral etiquette for blended families.

    Communicate with the Family Beforehand
    Funeral etiquette can be particularly difficult for blended families because there are rarely simple answers to the questions that come up. One guideline that you should keep in mind, however, is communication. If you are unsure if you or someone in your family should attend the funeral, then communicate with the mourning family beforehand. If you or another would be less than welcome, then consider showing your respect to the immediate family and the deceased by visiting the gravesite at another time and not attending the funeral.

    Put the Immediate Family First
    When it comes to exhibiting proper funeral etiquette, one of the most important things to do is to show respect for the deceased by giving the bereaved family the opportunity to mourn and accept condolences from attendees. Any ongoing tension and disagreements that you may have with anyone in attendance should be left at home before attending a funeral, as this is not the time or location to revive arguments and display animosity toward others.

    Consider Your Other Options
    If you have not been invited to a funeral, but your children have been, then you may want to reach out to a trusted relative or friend who can be there with your children in your place. If you have been invited to a funeral but, because of the complications of your blended family, you feel uncomfortable about attending, then it is reasonable to send sympathy flowers and a respectful condolence card instead of attending.

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers funeral etiquette resources and a broad selection of cemetery and funeral services to allow you to honor your deceased loved one. If you’re planning a funeral in Hayward, then please call us today at (510) 400-4442.

  • When Is the Right Time for a Memorial Service?

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    Memorial services are ceremonies that take place after the cremation or burial services of the deceased individual. If you’re planning a memorial service for someone but feel unsure about what date to schedule it for, then know that memorial services can be held at any time following a person’s death. These ceremonies offer a versatile way to honor a life that was lost, and that do not require a body or cremated remains to be present.

    Because a memorial service can be held at any time, it’s ideal to choose one that is convenient for as many people who would like to attend as possible. Also, the location that you wish to use may influence the right date for a memorial service. For example, if the deceased had a favorite park or beach that he enjoyed visiting, then opening dates and weather may be a factor that you should consider when scheduling the memorial service.

    At our memorial park in Hayward , the Chapel of the Chimes Hayward staff provides experienced and respectful memorial and funeral planning services to help you honor your loved one who has passed on. To find out more about what we do, please call (510) 400-4442.

  • What You Should Know About Scattering Cremated Remains

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    Today, many people choose cremation instead of ground burial when planning a funeral for a deceased loved one. If you are in the process of arranging cremation services and plan to scatter the cremated remains, then there are some important things that you should know about this process.

    Where You Can Scatter Cremated Remains
    If you are planning to scatter the cremated remains on public property, then look into the local laws and regulations regarding the process. Also, many state and national parks require that you obtain a permit before scattering ashes on the land. If you are hoping to perform the ritual on private property, then you must obtain permission from the property’s owner before proceeding. Finally, the scattering of cremated remains at sea must be performed at least 3 nautical miles from shore, and some areas require that the waters have a minimum depth. After scattering cremated remains at sea, you must inform the EPA within the first 30 days.

    How You Can Scatter Cremated Remains
    There are several ways to approach the ritual of scattering cremated remains. When the cremated remains are tossed into the wind, this is called casting. If you choose this method, be sure that you are standing upwind of where you will be casting so that the cremated remains won’t be carried toward you or anyone in attendance. Another option, called trenching, involves the digging of a small trench into which the cremated remains are placed before being covered with soil. In scattering gardens, which are communal areas where people can scatter cremated remains, many people choose the option of raking, which involves raking the cremated remains into the soil. A few other options for you to consider are scattering the ashes from a plane, burying them in a biodegradable urn, or dropping them into the sea inside of a water-soluble urn.

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers a wide selection of cremation services near Hayward. If you’re considering your options for funeral homes and services, then please give us a call today at (510) 400-4442.

  • A Look at Chinese Funeral Traditions

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    When it comes to planning a funeral, it’s always important to consider the faith and culture of the deceased. If you need to plan or will be attending a Chinese funeral service , then continue reading to learn about the traditions that may be involved.

    The Importance of Tradition in Chinese Funerals
    In Chinese society, the traditions surrounding death are incredibly significant. Specific rules are followed, and special attention is paid to the deceased following his or her death, and many members of Chinese society believe that not honoring funeral traditions can bring bad luck.

    The Traditions for Arranging a Chinese Funeral
    The traditions that are followed for a Chinese funeral can depend on the deceased’s age, role in society, the manner of death, and position in his or her family. For example, the funeral planning responsibilities fall upon the eldest son and his children when a parent or elder dies. Also, parents cannot arrange funeral services for children. For this reason, unmarried individuals who pass on are brought to a funeral home. Traditionally, older individuals cannot perform formal acts of respect for younger people. Because of this, children who die are buried in silence, and no ceremonies are performed.

    The Variety of Traditions for Chinese Funerals
    It’s important to realize that Chinese funeral traditions are not the same throughout China. Some Chinese people follow the teachings of Buddha, and death has very significant religious meaning in Chinese Buddhist society because it serves as a reminder of Buddha’s teachings. Also, mainland China has land available for cemeteries, and some Chinese choose to adhere to Christian burial traditions and beliefs. Also, it’s common among Chinese Christians to believe that the individual should be at home at the time of death. For this reason, many choose to bring a dying family member home from the hospital to die peacefully and surrounded by their loved ones.

    Do you need to plan a Chinese funeral service near Hayward? If so, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward by calling (510) 400-4442.

  • Understanding the Role of Your Funeral Director

    Funeral Home Hayward Are you preparing to arrange funeral services for the first time? If so, then you probably feel overwhelmed by the number of choices and decisions that you face. The role of your funeral director is to help guide you through the decision-making and funeral planning process.

    A funeral director helps surviving family members plan a funeral, understand their options, and answer their questions. If the deceased individual left no indications regarding his or her wishes, then the funeral director can assist you with making many of the major decisions that you will face. Funeral directors perform tasks like offering personal attention for those planning a funeral, working with crematoria and cemeteries, and making arrangements for funeral venues.

    At our funeral home in Hayward, Chapel of the Chimes Hayward specializes in a broad range of cremation and funeral services and offers many helpful resources for funeral planning and pre-planning. Please call (510) 400-4442 to learn more.

  • How to Support a Bereaved Friend or Family Member

    Were you recently invited to attend a funeral service for a friend or family member who has lost someone? If so, then you may have questions about the best way to help a grieving individual. Watch this video for advice on supporting a bereaved friend or family member.

    Start by offering some of your personal time to help with daily tasks such as child care, grocery shopping, and household chores. Also, you can support a grieving individual by bringing by or preparing food. As she grieves, be sure to let the person know that you are there to listen, and remember to listen without offering judgment or advice.

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers grief counseling to help bereaved individuals cope with and work through their grief. For information about our funeral home or its services for grief support in Hayward , please call (510) 400-4442.

  • Spotlight on Simple Memorial Cremation Ceremonies

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    Some people erroneously believe that choosing cremation means that there can’t be funeral services or other memorial events. In reality, cremation is completely compatible with any kind of memorial or cremation service you choose to have. At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, one type of service we offer is a simple memorial cremation ceremony.

    With simple memorial cremation, the ceremony is held after the cremation has been completed. This option is ideal for families who wish to forgo the traditional viewing and visitation but still wish to hold a ceremony. The memorial ceremony can be religious or secular in nature, and you can personalize it any way you feel will best honor your lost loved one.

    If you have any questions about cremation ceremonies or other services, contact Chapel of the Chimes Hayward today. We can walk you through the process of funeral planning in your time of need or pre-planning a funeral service in Hayward . You can reach us by calling (510) 400-4442.

  • Answering Common Questions About Funeral Pre-Planning

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    Funeral pre-planning could be one of the most important things you do for your family. If you are considering planning your funeral services in advance, the first step will be contacting a funeral home to guide you through the process. Many people approach pre-planning with several questions in mind. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries people have.

    Why would I pre-plan my funeral?
    If you have ever been involved in planning a funeral for a loved one, then you know how stressful the process can be. You are being asked to make major decisions about things like burial, cremation, and funeral services while you are in the midst of dealing with the shock and grief of your loved one’s death. Families often struggle with concerns about ensuring their loved one’s wishes are being honored and may end up feeling guilty later because they fear they didn’t give a loved one the right kind of service. Funeral pre-planning takes all of these responsibilities off the shoulders of your loved ones so they can focus on supporting each other instead of making decisions about your funeral.

    How do I start the planning process?
    Once you choose a funeral home, they can guide you through the planning process. You can plan as much of your service or as little as you like. You may prefer to simply make a decision about burial or cremation, for instance, and make the plans for that, or you may want to make detailed plans that include things like music selections and readings. Whenever you complete your plan, make sure your family is aware so that they know what to do when you pass.

    Does funeral pre-planning help with the costs?
    Pre-planning can allow you to pre-pay for some or all of your funeral upfront. Because funeral costs can be so high, this is another way to spare your family from additional stress and heartache after a loss.

    If you’re interested in funeral pre-planning, let Chapel of the Chimes Hayward help you get started on the process. Call our funeral home in Hayward today at (510) 400-4442 for more information.

  • What You Should Know About the Grieving Process

    There is no easy way to deal with the loss of a loved one. Many people find that the real grieving begins after the funeral services, when the distractions of planning are gone and other people get back to their normal routines. The good news is that help is available from grief counselors and other grief support services.

    Watch this video to learn more about the grieving process. Dealing with grief will be a different experience for everyone. However, it’s still important to remember to reach out for help when you need it.

    Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is pleased to offer grief support services in Hayward for families dealing with the loss of a loved one. Call our funeral home today at (510) 400-4442 when you need help.

  • Mistakes to Avoid When Attending a Funeral

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    Going to a funeral can be intimidating for many people. In addition to the grief associated with the occasion, some people are concerned about making etiquette mistakes and offending the family of the deceased unintentionally. If you are attending a funeral and have questions about what to expect, the funeral home is always willing to answer your questions. Here are some common mistakes to avoid at a funeral.

    Leaving on Your Cell Phone
    Cell phones and funerals are a bad mix. If possible, consider leaving your phone outside of the funeral home completely. If you need to bring your phone with you, make sure it is placed on silent. During the actual service and internment, consider turning your phone off, as even phones that are silenced make an audible vibrating noise that could be distracting. You should never check your phone, play games, text, or surf the next at any part of a funeral service. If you must look at your phone, excuse yourself to the bathroom or other private area.

    Sitting in the Front Row
    During a funeral ceremony, the front rows are usually reserved for close family members. If you are attending as a friend or colleague of the deceased, sit a few rows back so that the family has ample space. If you are unsure where to sit, ask someone working in the funeral home so they can direct you to the right area.

    Not Offering Your Condolences
    It’s naturally to feel anxious about approaching grieving family members who you may not know well, if at all, to express your condolences. However, not doing so is missing an important opportunity. When you tell the family about your relationship with their loved one and tell them how sorry you are for their loss, you give them comfort when they most need it.

    Chapel of the Chimes Haywood will be glad to answer your questions about being a guest at one of the services held in our funeral home or on the grounds of our cemetery in San Mateo . To reach us, call (510) 400-4442.