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Factors to Consider When Making Arrangements for Your Funeral

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If you would like to remove the burden of decision-making from your family in the case of your passing or have your funeral services carried out in a specific manner, then you can benefit from funeral pre-planning. Read on to learn what factors you should consider during this process.

Location
As part of the funeral pre-planning process, you will need to select the locations for various aspects of the ceremony. Decide where you would like your funeral or memorial service to be held, along with the cemetery where you would prefer to be buried. Additionally, select a burial plot for your casket or decide what you would like to have done with your cremated remains, if you plan to elect for cremation rather than burial.

Details
While they may seem insignificant right now, many small decisions need to be made during the funeral planning process, so settling these in advance as soon as possible is ideal. Some things for you to consider include the casket or urn type you would like, if you would prefer a sectional crypt or vault, or the type and location of your cremation niche. Also, think about whether you would like a non-denominational, religious, fraternal, or military funeral service. Finally, determine what type of music, flowers, or readings you would like included in the ceremony.

Arrangements
Delegating responsibilities and outlining what should be done following your passing are also important steps in the funeral pre-planning process. Provide your executor with a copy of your will and choose a representative who will have power of attorney and be provided with a list of any important information regarding things like safety deposit boxes, investments, and bank accounts. Finally, make a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care.

If you need to pre-plan a funeral in Oakland, then please give Chapel of the Chimes Oakland a call today at (510) 654-0123. We offer this and other services along with a collection of helpful funeral planning resources.

What to Ask Yourself When Considering Cremation for a Deceased Loved One

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Are you planning a funeral for a loved one who has passed on? If so, and if they did not leave instructions regarding their choices for the funeral service, then you may be wondering whether cremation is the right option. Continue reading to learn what questions you should ask yourself when making this decision.

Is cremation appropriate for the person’s faith?
If your deceased loved one was religious, then learning about her religion’s opinion on cremation is important. For some denominations and sects, cremation is a preferred method while for others, it is forbidden or frowned upon. Consider reaching out to a religious leader in your community or learn if your chosen funeral home offers information on religions and funeral customs.

Is cost a factor in this decision?
Cremation is a funeral option that steadily increases in popularity. One reason for this growth is that it can be a more affordable option than ground burial. However, the various services that you elect for can cause the expense of a cremation burial to increase, so determining the overall cost of the services and ceremony can be an important part of making this decision.

Does our family have burial traditions and customs?
For some families, following a tradition of either burial or cremation can be an important consideration. If your deceased loved one left no indication regarding her preference, then following family tradition may be a good decision.

What options are available following the cremation process?
Cremation is a versatile funeral option, and it’s common for people to wonder what can be done with cremated remains. You can choose to scatter some or all the cremated remains or store them in one or more urns to be kept at 2 or more households or other locations. The urn containing the cremated remains can also be buried in-ground, stored in a cremation niche, or interred within structures like cremation boulders and benches.

At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, we offer cremation services in Oakland along with helpful funeral planning resources. Please call (510) 654-0123 if you would like to learn more.

Communicating with Children About Death

Are you in need of cremation, burial, and funeral planning services? If so, then you and your family may be struggling with the painful loss of a loved one. For families with young children, explaining death and helping kids cope with loss can feel challenging. Watch this video for guidance on speaking with children about death.

When communicating with children about the loss of a loved one, it’s important to be comforting while remaining open about what has occurred. Avoiding euphemisms and speaking in concrete terms can make it easier for children to grasp the permanency of death and cope with the loss.

If you need cremation, funeral planning, or grief counseling in Oakland, then please contact Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. You can reach us by calling (510) 654-0123.

What Are Urn Vaults?

Cremation Oakland Today, many people opt for cremation when organizing funeral services for a deceased loved one or pre-planning their own funeral. If you’re interested in cremation, then you should know that in-ground burial is still an option following the cremation process. However, if you choose to bury the cremated remains in a cemetery, then you will probably be required to use an urn vault.

An urn vault is a container designed to hold a funeral urn. The urn is placed securely inside the vault, and the vault is then buried in the ground. Urn vaults come in a broad range of styles and levels of quality, much like traditional caskets. Also, many urn vaults can be personalized, if desired.

If you need to organize a cremation funeral ceremony or pre-plan a funeral in Oakland, then come and see us at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. We offer many helpful resources and are available to answer any questions that you may have. To find out more, please call us at (510) 654-0123.

Exploring Your Options for Cremation Ceremonies

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Whether you’re planning ahead for your own funeral or making arrangements for a deceased loved one, you should know that you have several ceremony options to choose from when it comes to cremation. Continue reading to learn about different cremation ceremonies that are available.

Traditional Cremation with Ceremony
When choosing cremation, many people have questions about the funeral ceremony. Cremation does not prevent you from holding a traditional ceremony. In the case of a traditional cremation with ceremony, a full body visitation using a ceremonial casket is held. Then, any religious rites or ceremonies are performed. Once these are completed, the body is then cremated, and the cremated remains are later returned to the family for burial, memorialization, or scattering.

Ceremonial Cremation
Many people choose the route of cremation with the intent not to hold a traditional full body visitation. In this case, a ceremony can still be held. If you choose ceremonial cremation, the body is first cremated, and later a funeral service is held at which the cremated remains are often present.

Non-Ceremonial Cremation
For some individuals, no ceremony is desired. If you simply want the cremation process to be performed, then you would choose non-ceremonial cremation. Following the cremation process, the cremated remains are returned to you or sent to a location of your choosing.

Post-Ceremonial Memorialization
No matter which type of cremation ceremony you select, there are a number of ways in which you can choose to have the cremated remains memorialized afterward. Some people opt to have the cremated remains scattered, while others go ahead with a traditional in-ground burial. You can also choose to store the cremated remains within a cremation niche or select to memorialize the cremated remains in a cremation bench, mausoleum, or cremation memorial garden.

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland offers onsite cremation and a range of unique funeral ceremony options. To find out more about our cremation services near Oakland, please give us a call today at (510) 654-0123.

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