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    Deciding Where to Scatter Your Loved One's Ashes

    Last updated 9 days ago

    After cremation services, cremated remains are often saved in an urn, buried at a cemetery, or scattered. No matter what you decide to do with your loved one’s ashes, Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is here to help. If you intend to scatter your loved one’s ashes, we urge you to keep these practical and legal considerations in mind.

    If you decide to scatter your loved one’s ashes on private land, be sure that you have permission from the property owner. Furthermore, if you hope to revisit the site, make sure it is not too difficult to return to it. It can be difficult to get enough privacy to leave a loved one’s ashes at a beautiful or frequently visited spot. For this reason, you may want to consider arranging a ceremony on a day when the site will not be excessively busy.

    For other important things to consider before scattering your loved one’s ashes, contact Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland at (510) 455-4004. We provide cremation ceremonies and other end-of-life services in Northern California. 

    Comforting the Bereaved

    Last updated 17 days ago

    At Chapel of the Chimes, a funeral home in Oakland, we know that life can be immensely difficult for a person who has recently lost a loved one. If you are comforting a friend or family member who has lost a loved one, it’s important to remember that he or she is probably experiencing a great deal of pain. Consider the information below for guidance on how to comfort the bereaved.

    Reach Out Immediately

    It may be an inconvenient time for you to reach out to the bereaved after his or her loss, but it is very important to do so as soon as you can. The bereaved individual needs to be reminded that he or she is not alone in the first few days following the loss. There is enormous comfort in knowing that you are surrounded by supportive loved ones in the wake of a loss.

    Listen Carefully

    It is not easy to offer the right words when your bereaved friend is grieving. This is why it is often best to focus on listening. Following the loss of a loved one, the bereaved may be suffering, angry, or even in shock. Do not judge or lecture him or her, and avoid trying to figure things out on behalf of the bereaved. Just listen and allow space for your friend or loved one to vent and grieve.

    Avoid Rushing

    Many people make the mistake of trying to rush the bereaved through the grieving process. Whether it has been months or years since the funeral services, it’s important to remember that each person grieves differently and on a different timetable.

    Express Love, Now and Later

    Following funeral services, the bereaved many feel lonely after everyone has left to return to their respective lives. Give the bereaved a phone call or pay him or her a visit a few weeks after the funeral services to offer support. 

    To learn about the funeral services we offer at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, call us at (510) 455-4004. You can also find information about our cemetery and cremation services on our website.

    How to Behave at a Funeral

    Last updated 23 days ago

    When paying your respects at a loved one’s funeral, it is important to carry yourself respectfully. This is a ceremonious time during which you can honor the life of the deceased and offer support to the family. If another person is telling a story or recalling memories about the deceased, be respectful by listening carefully. In some funerals, it is appropriate to listen quietly. In others, it is normal to recall funny memories and share a good laugh. Follow the dress code mentioned on the funeral invitation. If there is no dress code mentioned, dress formally, conservatively, and in dark colors. Watch this video clip for more information about how to behave at a funeral.

    Chapel of the Chimes is one of the leading providers of funeral services in Oakland. If you would like to arrange a funeral with us, please call us at (510) 654-0123 or visit our funeral home in Oakland.

    Answers to Your Questions about Cremation

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Cremation services are becoming a common way to lay a loved one to rest. If you are considering cremation in Oakland, Chapel of the Chimes has many years of experience to offer you. If you have questions about how cremation services work, continue reading to find a few answers.

    What Happens During Cremation?

    The casket or container is placed in a cremation chamber, where it is left for about two hours. This is how long it takes for all organic matter to be consumed by heat. The remaining fragments, known as the cremains, are then removed from the cremation chamber and placed into a temporary container or an urn. Cremations are done individually and are carefully tracked to ensure control and identification throughout the entire process.

    Is Preparation Required Before Cremation?

    If you decide to have a public viewing or funeral service before beginning the cremation process, the remains will need to be stored or embalmed to prevent decomposition. The body will also need to be refrigerated or embalmed if it needs to be transported by air or rail.

    How Do Cremation Services Work?

    Although it is not required, many people choose to hold funeral services before, during, or after the cremation. It completely depends on how you wish to commemorate the life of your loved one.

    What Do I Do with Cremated Remains?

    The cremated remains can be kept at one of the many cemeteries in Oakland, taken home and displayed in an urn, or scattered at a place that was special to the deceased individual. Remember to check local regulations before scattering in a public place.

    To learn more about the cremation services we offer at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, please visit our website or call us at (510) 654-0123. Our caring staff can provide additional information about our cremation services in Northern California.

    Choosing Music for a Funeral

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Comfort can be found in many aspects of a funeral service. The gathering of loved ones can help each individual process grief, and a eulogy can offer solace. Music can also bring peace during times of mourning, which is why it typically plays a significant role in many funeral services. However, the large number of song choices can make the selection process a difficult one for those in charge of coordinating the funeral. If you are in this position, the following tips can help you find the music most suitable for remembering your loved one.

    Consider the Departed’s Life

    When considering your music choices for a funeral, you may want to first reflect on the preferences of the departed. In some instances, a lost loved one might have let friends or family members know what songs he wished to be played during the funeral service. Even when the wishes of the departed are not known, considering his life and personality can often lead you to appropriate song choices.

    Discuss Family Choices

    You can also turn to other family members for help in the song selection process. Given that a funeral is a time to gather with loved ones and help each other through the grieving process, your family might already have music in mind that suits the service. You might also want to reach out to close friends for their song suggestions.

    Consult the Funeral Home

    Choosing music for a funeral service is one of several considerations that you may have to make during an emotionally trying time. If you are finding it difficult to select songs for your loved one’s service, talk to the funeral director. This professional’s extensive experience and knowledge of funeral-appropriate music can be of immense help. Your funeral director can provide options for you to select from before the service.

    Chapel of the Chimes Oakland can guide you through each step of the funeral planning process. Our staff is always available to offer recommendations and sort through your music selections. For more information on our funeral, cremation, or burial services for the greater Oakland community, call (510) 654-0123.

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