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    Arranging a Catholic Funeral

    Last updated 5 months ago

    There are a number of details that differentiate a catholic funeral from other types of funeral services. According to catholic funeral tradition, once the body is placed in the casket, a crucifix should be placed in the lid of the casket. Typically a kneeling rail is placed in front of the casket so that friends and family can kneel down next to the casket and say a prayer. To learn more about the unique features of catholic funeral services, watch the video clip.

    At Chapel of the Chimes, we have more than 100 years of experience arranging funeral services in Oakland. To learn more about how we can arrange a catholic funeral for your loved one, give us a call at (510) 654-0123 or visit our website.

    Jazz at the Chimes - January 18, 2015

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Join us on Sunday, January 18th, at 2 p.m. for Jazz at the Chimes featuring the Erik Jekabson Quintet.


    • General admission - $15
    • Seniors & student admission - $10

    Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only), and the box office opens at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call (510) 654-0123 or email

    The Basics of Funeral Etiquette

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Being tactful and sensitive is a very important part of honoring the deceased at a funeral service. If you are preparing to attend a funeral, it’s important to know about some of the basics of funeral etiquette so that you don’t offend the deceased’s family or friends. At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, one of the leading funeral homes in Oakland, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the following basics of funeral etiquette.

    Condolence Visit

    If you are a family member or a close friend of the deceased’s family, it’s proper funeral etiquette to pay a visit to their home to express your condolences. When you visit, bring something for the family to eat. Grieving families are usually so busy and disoriented that they do not find time to eat. You could also offer to run errands for the family or watch over the kids for a bit. Unless the family seems like they need some company, do not stay too long during the condolence visit.


    The wake takes place before the funeral service and oftentimes takes place in the evening. If you cannot attend the funeral, go to the wake to offer your support for the family of the deceased. Typically the wake is held at a funeral home or the family’s home. Unless you are close to the family of the deceased, be sure to tell the family how you know the deceased to avoid confusion.

    Post-Funeral Lunch

    This is more light-hearted than the funeral. It’s the time to share memories about the deceased. Whether you attend the lunch or not, be sure to follow up with the family of the deceased in the weeks and months following the funeral.

    If you are planning a funeral or attending one in the near future, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland can help. We are one of the most beautiful funeral homes in Oakland. Call us at (510) 654-0123 or visit our website to learn more about our funeral services and cremation services. 

    Mandela Monument Design Competition Draws Hundreds of Submissions

    Last updated 5 months ago

    SAN MATEO, Calif. – Nov. 7, 2014 – Nearly 200 design entries were submitted for the creation of a permanent monument honoring the life of the late Nelson Mandela. Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park and Chapel of the Chimes partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Oakland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on the contest which was open to all U.S. residents over 13 years of age and closed in mid-October. By Dec. 31, 2014, the Nelson Mandela Foundation will announce the winning memorial designer’s name, along with the date of the unveiling ceremony which will take place in summer 2015. Skylawn will construct the winning design and permanently host the monument at its park in San Mateo.

    Hundreds of architects, artists and students from across the country honored Mandela’s contributions to world peace, human rights, social justice and democracy through their designs. The competition judges were touched by the deeply personal impact the creative process had on the designers. Many cited the process as a way to truly understand the importance of humility and Mandela’s legacy.

    Read more here.

    Talking to Your Children About Death

    Last updated 5 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) 654-0123 for more information.

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