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    A Guide to Coping with Bereavement

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The days and weeks following the death of a loved one tend to be the most difficult of one’s life. While the grieving process is unique and each person deals with loss in his or her own way, there are a handful of strategies that have proven effective in helping most people cope with a loved one’s passing. As you make arrangements for your loved one’s funeral and cremation services and begin to process the reality of your loss, keep the following advice in mind.

    Allow Yourself to Feel

    The bereavement period is almost always accompanied by strong and varied emotions. As you experience feelings that were previously foreign to you in the days and weeks following your loved one’s death, remember that everyone grieves differently and that the bereavement period has no set time limit. Embracing your feelings may actually help you to move forward, but you should not hesitate to seek help if you become concerned about the thoughts and feelings you have during your period of mourning.

    Take Care of Yourself

    When you are grieving the loss of one of your closest companions, it can be easy to forget to prioritize your health. Good physical health, however, is important to have during the coping process. Make an effort to ensure that you drink plenty of water, eat enough food, and get plenty of rest during the bereavement process.

    Seek Help When You Need It

    The family members and friends who have offered assistance since your loved one departed this world are really more than happy to help you. Know that your friends and family are there for you, and seek professional help if you feel that you need it.

    At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, we understand that there is no way for one to be truly prepared for bereavement. To help those who use our cremation and funeral services get started on the path toward acceptance of loss, we offer online grief support and counseling services in addition to more conventional resources for helping mourning individuals to cope. To speak with a funeral home representative about our cremation, funeral, and grief support services, call (510) 654-0123.

    What's the Difference Between a Eulogy and an Obituary?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Because both eulogies and obituaries are written for loved ones following their passing, the distinction between the two is understandably not clear to many. There are, however, a number of noteworthy differences between the two.

    An obituary is essentially a mini-biography that is written for a newspaper or other publication to announce a person’s death and inform a community of any public funeral or memorial services that will be held in that person’s honor. Obituaries are generally no longer than a paragraph or two.

    A eulogy, on the other hand, is a written speech that is delivered at a funeral service. Eulogies are typically lengthier and more personal than obituaries, as they are intended to share memories of a loved one that other family members and friends at the service are able to relate to.

    In addition to writing an obituary and eulogy for a loved one who has just passed away, you will have to make funeral arrangements in the days following the death. To work with a caring, dedicated, and experienced funeral services provider in the East Bay, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123.

    Coping with the Loss of a Spouse

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Long-lasting partnerships are one of life’s most beautiful treasures. However, when the time comes to lay your soul mate and closest friend to rest, the beauty you experienced together can make acceptance of your spouse’s passing especially difficult.

    For an idea of what you may expect to experience following your spouse’s death and strategies for coping, watch this educational video clip. After acknowledging that the death of a husband or wife can be excruciatingly painful, Dr. Maurice Turmel offers some helpful advice for coming to terms with your loss and incorporating your loved one’s memory into your everyday life.

    Many widows and widowers find it comforting to talk to others who are coping with the death of a spouse. By participating in a funeral home support group or looking for grief support groups in your area, you can determine whether or not support groups are a source of comfort for you. To speak with a funeral services provider at one of the East Bay’s most inclusive and organized funeral homes, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123. 

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    The Steps of Writing a Eulogy that Honors Your Loved One

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Being asked to deliver a eulogy at a loved one’s funeral service is an honor, but it is also a responsibility that can place added stress on an already grieving individual. If you have been given the honor of preparing a eulogy for a recently deceased individual who had a special place in your life, follow these steps to writing a heartfelt eulogy without feeling overwhelmed.

    Gather Your Thoughts

    Find a quiet place to reflect on your loved one’s life and memory. Jot down notes pertaining to any experiences or characteristics you may want to include. This is essentially a brainstorm of the events and memories that flood your mind when you think of your deceased loved one.

    Pick a Theme

    Once you have jotted down some notes, take a look at them and see if there is a facet of your loved one’s personality or an accomplishment from your loved one’s life that sticks out as a good theme that will help you tie the eulogy together.

    Outline and Write a Draft

    Keeping the theme of the eulogy in mind, create an outline for your loved one’s eulogy. Once you’ve done this, tie the outline together using vivid language and personal anecdotes.

    Enlist Others for Help

    If you struggle at any point during the eulogy writing process, do not be afraid to ask for assistance. It can be beneficial to bounce ideas around with someone else who knew your loved one well. Have a close friend or family member of the deceased edit your draft and listen to you giving a practice run.

    Delivering a heartfelt eulogy is one of the best final gifts you can give to a loved one. If you are in the process of planning a funeral service and are looking for a compassionate and experienced Oakland funeral home representative to assist you every step of the way, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123.

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