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    Talking to Your Children About Death

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Whether we want to believe it or not, children are aware of death. They see dead animals, birds, and insects on the side of the road. They see death on television and read about it in books. Death is a part of everyday life, and all children are aware of this on some level. You may experience hesitation and discomfort when talking to your children about death, and that’s okay. Children are observers, so they will be able to read the discomfort on your face and in your body language. That is why it is important not to be avoidant. Instead, maintain openness around the subject. Be sensitive to your children’s desires to talk and welcome any questions they have. When answering those questions, find truthful but simple and age-appropriate responses to give them.

    For more tips on talking to your children about death, visit Chapel of the Chimes online, where we have a variety of resources that can help you. Chapel of the Chimes is a leading funeral home in Oakland that offers cremation services and a large cemetery. Call us at (510) 455-4004 for more information.

    Debunking Common Myths About Grief

    Last updated 3 months ago

    There are as many ways to grieve as there are people in this world. But surprisingly, there are many false beliefs about what the grieving process should and should not look like. At Chapel of the Chimes, one of the leading funeral homes in Oakland, we urge you to read this blog to find out the truth about healing and grieving. 

    Ignoring Pain Makes it Go Away Faster

    Ignoring pain will only make the grieving process longer and harder. Instead of trying to keep your pain from surfacing, you must face your grief and deal with it in order to heal. It can be unbelievably hard to handle the pain by yourself. Reach out to friends, family members, a professional counselor, or a figure in your religious community for help when you are ready.

    Being Strong Helps You Get Over Your Loss

    Sadness, fear, and loneliness are all very natural reactions to loss. Crying can help you face the grief and pain you experience—it does not mean you are weak. Showing your true feelings and experiencing their entirety will help your grieving process and that of your friends and family.

    Grief Lasts One Year At Most

    Some people start to feel better in a matter of weeks or months, while others take years. There is no right or wrong amount of time for the grieving process because it differs greatly from person to person.

    If You Don’t Cry, It Means You Don’t Care

    Crying is one way to respond to sadness, but it is not the only way. In fact, many people feel a very deep sense of sadness and loss but never cry. Each person is different in how they show their feelings.

    If you grieving and need to talk to somebody, visit Chapel of the Chimes Oakland online, where you will find 24/7 grief support services. We are one of the leading funeral homes and cremation service providers in Oakland and Northern California. Call us at (510) 455-4004 for more information.

    How to Act at a Funeral

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Attending a funeral can be an emotionally difficult experience. But by acting politely and appropriately, you can make it through the funeral without any problems. Wearing black is considered standard for a funeral, as is bringing flowers or a card for the bereaved. Before you leave, pay your condolences to the family of the deceased. Watch this video for more tips that will help you help the social etiquette that is expected at a funeral service.

    If you are looking for the right funeral home in Oakland, look no further than Chapel of the Chimes. Call us at (510) 455-4004 or check out our website to learn more about the funeral services and cremation services we offer.

    Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center Remembrance Ceremony - Nov. 8, 2014

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center is holding its annual Remembrance Ceremony at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland on Saturday, November 8th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Join us as we celebrate the children we have loved and lost. Light refreshments will be served at this non-denominational event.

    Where to Turn After You Experience a Loss

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Losing somebody important can give rise to some deeply unpleasant feelings. Many people feel sad, lonely, confused, and even angry after suffering a serious loss. At Chapel of the Chimes, one of the leading funeral homes in Oakland, we care about your loss and want to help you work through your pain, which is why we offer 24/7 online grief support services through our website. To learn more about the other resources you can turn to after experiencing a loss, read this article.

    Family and Friends

    If you have family and friends to turn to after experiencing loss, you are very lucky. It can be especially helpful, in terms of healing, to speak with family members or friends who were close to the person you lost. Keep in mind that some friends and family members will not ask you about your loss, even though they care about you and are concerned for you, because they worry that it will be a hurtful subject for you to discuss.

    Grief Counselors

    Many people, including those with excellent support from friends and family, find it helpful to talk to a professional grief counselor who can focus specifically on your grief. This can be a very effective way to work through your emotions and accept the death of your loved one. If you aren’t sure if one-on-one counseling is for you, find a support group instead. Many support groups are specialized for certain types of loss.

    Healthful Living

    It’s essential to remember to take care of yourself after you experience a loss. In fact, the physical effects can be just as intense as the emotional ones. Eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and do things you enjoy.

    For support in your time of need, visit Chapel of the Chimes Oakland online, where we offer 24/7 online grief support services. For more information about the funeral services we offer, or find out which support groups are in your area, visit our website or call us at (510) 455-4004.

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