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Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is one of California's most beautiful historic buildings. We are a Crematory, Columbarium, and one of the top cremation service providers in Northern California.

How to Discuss Your Pre-Planned Cremation with Your Loved Ones

Funeral Pre-Planning Oakland

Funeral pre-planning is one of the most important gifts you can give to your loved ones. It frees them from the burden of guessing about your wishes and making decisions while trying to cope with the impact of losing you. When you choose cremation, your loved ones may have some additional questions about your wishes, especially if your family has traditionally chosen burial in the past. Although having a conversation about funeral pre-planning and your wishes for cremation may seem overwhelming, it can ultimately provide great comfort to your loved ones. These steps can make the discussion easier.

Choose a Good Time
Discussing funeral planning can be emotional, so pick a time for your conversation in which you and your loved ones don’t feel rushed or pressured. Avoid starting the discussion at the end of a long day or right before a stressful event. Set up a time in which your loved ones can ask the questions they have and you can discuss your plans in full, without interruption.

Consider Your Reasons
If you choose cremation and your loved ones are surprised, be ready to discuss your reasons for your choices. For some people, cremation is appealing as an affordable option, while other like the environmental benefits. Some people choose cremation because it gives flexibility when it comes to choosing a date for the funeral or memorial service. Consider your reasons for preferring cremation and how you will explain them to your loved ones if they ask. If you anticipate your loved ones having questions about cremation and your religious beliefs, prepare yourself with the information you wish to share.

Discuss the Complete Picture
Choosing between cremation and burial is only part of the funeral pre-planning process. Address the other aspects of your pre-planning, including your musical choices, preferences for readings, and other aspects of the service you would like to have. You may also wish to discuss any financial arrangements you are making for the funeral and where your loved ones can find your pre-planning documents.

If you are ready to begin funeral pre-planning in Oakland, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland today. We are available at (510) 654-0123 to answer your questions.


Oakland Fire
David Cumpston
Landis Communications Inc. for Chapel of the Chimes Oakland

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland provides end-of-life services to families from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We have been a part of the community for more than 100 years and are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic fire that occurred in Oakland overnight. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and are committed to providing our full support and assistance in any way possible.

From 5-7 p.m. tonight, we will hold an interfaith vigil service in our Chimes Chapel that is open to the public.

We are opening our Meditation Chapel for anyone needing a place to mourn and reflect. It will be open tonight until 8 p.m. and will reopen again on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.

We also have memorial books available inside our lobby for anyone to stop by and leave words of condolences for the families. These books will be given to those families

According to Marcie Russell, general manager of Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, “This is a devastating loss to our community and our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.”

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland

4499 Piedmont Ave.

Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 379-5200


Chapel of the Chimes Oakland provides end-of-life services to families from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Established in 1909 as a crematory and columbarium, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland is a leading cremation service provider in Northern California. Chapel of the Chimes is part of a family of cemeteries, funeral homes and crematories with locations throughout Northern California. For more information, visit www.oakland.chapelofthechimes.com.

Supporting Grieving Loved Ones

It’s not always easy to know how to support a family member or friend who has lost someone close to him or her. There are many ways you can be helpful, from dealing with funeral homes and other arrangements to simply listening. This video offers some advice.

When offering your support to someone who is grieving, it is important to resist the urge to try to fix what is unfixable. Instead, be a good listener and provide practical help with things like funeral planning and everyday household needs. If your loved one needs professional grief support, contact the funeral home for resources.

At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, we’re committed to making funeral planning as simple as possible, with comprehensive support as you make decisions about cremation, memorials, and more. When you need help with funeral planning in Oakland, call us today at (510) 654-0123.

The Chimes Chapel and Bible Cloister: A Brief History

Funereal Home Oakland

The Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum is a historic landmark and indoor cemetery that is in operation to this day. The location was founded by Willian A. Wishart and several civic-minded undertakers in 1909, and it was called The California Columbarium at the time. Later, in 1911, a young casket salesman by the name of Lawrence E. Moore was hired to direct the columbarium and, with his guidance, it grew to be one of the largest worldwide.

In 1926, the legendary architect behind the design of Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan, was contracted to undertake the renovation and remodeling of the Chapel of the Chimes, and it was dedicated in 1928 on Memorial Day. Visiting the Chapel of the Chimes, you can glimpse her dazzling influence throughout the cloisters, gardens, and chapels and experience a place of remembrance that will leave an unforgettable impression.

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland boasts stunning and well-kept grounds in a cemetery that was designed to be unlike any you have seen. If you would like to learn more about this one-of-a-kind funeral home location in Oakland, please call us today at (510) 654-0123.

Pre-Planning Your Cremation Choices

Funeral Home Oakland Planning ahead for your cremation services is an excellent way to remove some of the burden from your surviving family after your passing and to help ensure that your funeral arrangements are carried out in the way that you prefer. Continue reading for tips on pre-planning your cremation choices.

Explore your cremation options.
It’s a common assumption that choosing cremation means that you can’t also have a traditional funeral when, in truth, you can arrange funeral services that are to be followed by cremation, rather than a burial. You can also choose to hold a memorial service following the cremation. Finally, you can elect to have your cremated remains entombed, buried, or scattered afterward.

Understand your options for ashes.
As already mentioned, you can arrange to have your cremated remains buried much in the same way that a casket would be buried. You can also choose to have the funeral urn entombed in items like benches and boulder, or in a niche or mausoleum. If you wish for your ashes to be scattered, learn about your local regulations regarding the scattering of ashes before selecting a location.

Consider your religion.
If you are planning to observe cultural or religious traditions, then it’s important to learn more about any opinions about cremation that they might have. Some religions require cremation, while others forbid it. If you have questions about this, speak with your local cultural or religious leader.

Talk to your family.
Whether you have made a final decision about how you would like your cremation handled following your passing or not, it can be beneficial to speak with your family about your options and any plans that you’re making. Including them in the process can help you come to decisions and, by letting them know how you want your cremation handled, may make things less stressful when the time comes.

At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, we offer several cremation ceremonies as well as helpful resources for pre-planning your funeral. To find out more about our cremation services near Oakland, please give us a call today at (510) 654-0123.

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