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    Helping Your Child Deal with the Death of a Loved One

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Losing a loved one is difficult for everyone. Children can have an especially difficult time understanding death and adjusting to life without a certain loved one. As a parent, it’s your duty to explain that death is an important part of life, and that it’s normal to experience feelings of sadness after losing a loved one.  Here are a few tips to help your child cope with a death in the family.  

    Be Honest

    Children are still learning about the world around them, and often struggle with the concept of death. Instead of telling your child that your loved one has “gone away,” you must make it clear that your loved one has died and will not be coming back.

    Encourage Discussion

    Your child will likely have a lot of questions, and you should do your best to answer them honestly. You should also encourage your child to open up about your loved one’s passing, and get his or her feelings out in the air. It might be painful at first, but it can help you both in the long run.  

    Provide Some Space

    While it’s important to talk to your child, you shouldn’t force the issue. If you sense that your child needs space, give him space. This is often true of teenagers, who are more likely to turn to their peers for support. If and when your child is ready to open up, let him know you’re there for him.

    Seek Professional Help

    If you’re having trouble understanding your child’s emotions, or if your own grief is overwhelming, you should consider taking your child to a mental health professional. You can also receive help online, in books, or in support groups.

    Grieving is tough for everyone, yet we must all find a way to get through the hard times. Chapel of the Chimes is an Oakland funeral home that offers cremation services, funeral services, grief and healing support, and many other services. Call us at (510) 455-4004 to discuss funeral options for your loved one or to begin preplanning your own funeral.

    A Look at Mausoleums Throughout History

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Humanity has felt the pain of loss for time immemorial. As loved ones pass away, the people left behind try their best to honor their loved ones with eulogies, funeral ceremonies, and in some cases, large monuments. Mausoleums, which are free-standing structures designed to house the remains of deceased individuals, have been around for thousands of years. Here are a few of the most famous mausoleums in history:  

    Pyramids of Giza

    Most historians agree that many of the pyramids in Giza and elsewhere in Egypt were constructed as tombs for pharaohs. The pyramids in Giza were finished around 2560 BCE, which means they’re over 4500 years old. Amazingly, the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-structure for 3800 years, until the Lincoln Cathedral was completed in England in the 14th century.

    Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

    The word “mausoleum” actually derives from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which—like the Great Pyramid—was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This mausoleum was built sometime during the 4th century BCE, and kept the remains of Mausolus, a satrap of the Persian Empire. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, now in ruins, is located in Southwest Turkey.  

    Taj Mahal

    The Taj Mahal is perhaps the best known mausoleum in the world. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his third wife, and was completed in 1653. It is located in the city of Agra, which is in the northern part of India.  

    Lenin’s Mausoleum

    Lenin’s Mausoleum is located in Moscow’s Red Square, and contains the embalmed remains of Vladimir Lenin, the famous Russian revolutionary. Lenin’s body has been on public display almost continuously since his death in 1924.  

    Chapel of the Chimes can ensure that your deceased loved one receives a memorial that adequately honors his or her life. To learn more about our memorial options and funeral services, call our Oakland funeral home at (510) 455-4004. You can also visit our website to find out how we can help you in your time of grief. 

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    Creating a Personalized Memorial

    Last updated 4 months ago

    After your loved one passes, you want to do everything you can to honor his or her life. In addition to planning a tasteful funeral service, creating a personal and elegant memorial can help ensure that your loved one’s memory lives on. Chapel of the Chimes will answer any questions you have and help you design the ideal memorial.

    An elegant bench memorial made of natural stone can provide an elegant and useful reminder of your loved one’s life. There are numerous kinds of benches to choose from, including an Army veteran bench or an 19th century Italian bench. Other elegant options include upright monuments, private cremation estates, and pedestals. If you’re looking for something a little simpler, you might consider a traditional flat memorial with a profound epitaph. For help determining which memorial best represents your loved one, consult friends and family members.

    Chapel of the Chimes offers a wide selection of tasteful memorials, including those listed above. To speak with a representative from our Oakland-area funeral home, call us at (510) 455-4004.

    Understanding the Elements of a Military Funeral

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Those who selflessly give their lives in service to the nation receive the full honors of a dignified military funeral. Family members learn of the passing away of their loved one with a personal visit from a military chaplain and a service member. As this is occurring, arrangements are already in place for the dignified transfer of the remains to the funeral home.

    Dignified Transfer

    The U.S. military developed strict protocols to ensure that the remains of all service members are handled with the utmost respect and care. Fallen service members re-enter the U.S. through Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Family members may choose to allow news coverage of the return of fallen heroes, or they may prefer to keep the ceremony private. The remains are then carefully prepared and dressed in full dress uniform. A direct military flight brings the fallen hero to the nearest airport to the family. However, the family may request a commercial flight if they prefer. Traditionally, a military escort accompanies the remains; however, the family may choose that an escort not be used.

    Rendering Honors

    At all transfer points, military personnel are on hand to render honors. The fallen service member is carried with the utmost respect at all times and he or she always travels feet-first. An honor guard, including the military escort, accompanies the remains to the funeral home.

    Honor Guard

    When a military family chooses to have the funeral at a national cemetery, a six-man honor guard carries the flag-draped casket to the grave. A committal service is read and the honor guard holds the American flag over the casket. Three volleys are fired and “Taps” is played by a bugler. Then, the American flag is ceremoniously folded and an officer presents it to the family with a salute.

    Private Cemetery

    Some families choose to have the funeral at a private cemetery. In these cases, the honor guard may perform slightly less formal arrangements. However, the basic elements of the dignified military funeral remain.

    Chapel of the Chimes is proud to offer veteran’s honors to service members and their families. Please call our funeral home in Oakland at (510) 455-4004 to discuss dignified arrangements or to request a veteran’s preplanning guide. We also invite you to tour our beautifully landscaped grounds.

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