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    Preparing a Personal Reflection Eulogy

    Last updated 1 day 12 hours ago

    After a loved one passes, there is often very little time before the funeral service and cremation or burial. However, it’s important to resist the temptation to rush through preparing your eulogy. Take the time to carefully consider your most poignant memories of the decedent and the experiences the two of you shared. Select the memories that you feel best represent the decedent’s true character and values in life, and use those to write your personal reflection eulogy.

    For more information about writing this type of eulogy, watch this brief video. You’ll learn why personal reflection eulogies may be the easiest type to write, yet the most challenging to deliver.

    The funeral home professionals at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland can help you plan a respectful funeral service for your loved one. Oakland-area families can reach us by calling (510) 455-4004 or visiting our website to explore our funeral and cremation services.

    The Benefits of Grief Support Groups

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Every individual has his or her own unique relationship with grief. You might find yourself reaching out to others for support before and after the funeral service, or you might try to avoid talking to others at the cemetery. Even if you tend to conceal your emotions, you might find that a grief support group is beneficial for helping you come to terms with your loss. Many grief counselors advise mourners to attend a few sessions of the support group to determine if it’s right for them. This is because the first time you attend, you may feel a little worse because your emotions have been stirred up. As you continue to work with other bereaved individuals, you may find yourself learning how to move forward with the loss.

    Supportive Environment

    The funeral service is intended to help the bereaved say their final goodbyes and find closure. After the funeral service; however, you might find that others slowly become hesitant to discuss the loss with you. At a grief support group, no one will ever judge your feelings and challenges. You’ll find individuals who will support you fully, without question.

    Loss Adaptation

    Many people never reach the final stage of grief, which is generally considered to be acceptance and inner calm. However, with the help of your new friends at the grief support group, you may find yourself building a new self-identity in the absence of your loved one. You may learn ways of moving forward with the loss and learning to live around the space that your loved one previously occupied.

    If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from a bereavement support group, we invite you to contact Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 455-4004. Our funeral home and cemetery offers comprehensive services for grief support, which are customizable to your unique preferences. After your loved one’s funeral service and burial or cremation, you might wish to browse our collection of interactive grief support videos, use our online counseling services, or join our grief support group.

    Chung Yeung 2014 Specials

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Jazz at the Chimes - September 21, 2014

    Last updated 21 days ago

    We'd love to see you September 21st at 2 p.m. for this month's Jazz at the Chimes! General admission is $15 and only $10 for seniors and students. The box office will open at 12:30 p.m., so make sure to arrive early to secure your spot. For more information, call (510) 654-0123 or visit our website

    Explore Our Personalized Memorial Options

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Creating a personalized memorial is an excellent way to tell the story of your deceased loved one, while preserving his or her memory forever. At Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA, we offer a wide variety of personalized memorials—from simple designs to intricate works of art. We have benches, flat memorials, pedestal benches, private cremation estates, posts, upright monuments, and Asian estates in a range of materials and styles. Browse our selection and you are sure to find a memorial that gives you a unique and visually attractive way to celebrate your loved one’s story.

    Chapel of the Chimes Oakland encourages families to visit our website to learn more about the personalized memorial options we offer. You can also call us or visit our funeral home in Oakland to see some of our personalized memorials in greater detail. If you have any questions, give us a call at (510) 654-0123 for more information.

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