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Spotlight on Baika Pratt-Heaton, Volunteer Services Manager

Hospice Care Month Oakland In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland wishes to acknowledge Baika Pratt-Heaton for her accomplishments. Baika is the Volunteer Services Manager of Kaiser Oakland Hospice and has worked in the hospice profession for 18 years.

Baika says that her greatest challenge is staying present for family dynamics. It takes personal strength and awareness to be present for every concern and to stay respectful and compassionate. She says that she strives to refrain from forming judgments and to start fresh with every family.

Baika became interested in the field of hospice care, because she realized that when people care for those who are gravely ill, they become their “deeper selves”, meaning that they develop honest connections and compassion for one another. She continues to stay motivated by the needs of others. She truly enjoys a life of service.

When asked what advice she would give someone considering hospice, Baika says that “hospice is about life”. Although hospice is normally used for the end of someone’s life, it brings comfort and care to their life, showing that all stages of life are valuable.

To learn more about Baika and hospice care in Northern California, contact Chapel of the Chimes Oakland online.

Arranging Your Loved One's Memorial Service

After the death of a loved one, many people choose to celebrate and honor the life of the deceased with a memorial. If you are planning a memorial service to follow a deceased loved one’s cremation or funeral service, then watch this video for some tips on making the arrangements.

Start by considering the personality of the deceased and thinking about what type of service the person would have wanted. Next, determine how many people will be attending and choose a venue that can accommodate everybody. Then, decide on a time and date that will allow time for guests to arrange for travel.

If you are planning a funeral near Oakland, then please contact us at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. We offer a broad range of resources and funeral, cremation, and memorial services. Please call (510) 654-0123 to learn more.

Ideas for Holding an Ash Scattering Ceremony

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Following a cremation ceremony, one of the most popular practices that surviving family members choose for the deceased’s ashes is scattering, which refers to distributing the deceased’s ashes in or on the ground, air, or water. Here, you will find several ideas to consider for your loved one’s ash scattering ceremony.

Incorporating the Ashes into the Ground
Two common methods of placing a deceased individual’s ashes into the earth are trenching and raking. Trenching traditionally involves digging a shallow trench, scattering the ashes along its length, and then burying them with soil. Raking refers to the process of gently raking the cremated remains into the ground, as opposed to simply scattering the decease’s ashes onto the ground. This method allows the ashes to integrate with the environment more rapidly. Before choosing either of these methods, it is important to check the area’s regulations for disposing of ashes.

Casting the Ashes from the Air
To cast a loved one’s ashes into the air or over a broad expanse of water or land, some people choose to perform the ceremony on a helicopter or plane. Before proceeding, be sure to check with the local regulations regarding this method for scattering ashes.

Additional Options to Consider
Traditionally, casting ceremonies begin with a eulogy or a brief speech, along with music or a poetry reading. These choices give you the opportunity to personalize the ceremony and pay tribute to the deceased’s life journey and their favorite musicians or authors. If your casting service is to be held in a sheltered area, then incorporating photos and candles can be a beautiful choice. Also, casting the ashes along with birdseed, wildflower seeds, or flower petals is a nice way to add a natural touch to the ceremony.

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland offers several cremation and funeral services at our funeral home in Oakland. To find out more about our funeral home ceremonies and services, please contact us by calling (510) 654-0123.

Benefits of Choosing Mausoleum Entombment

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Are you in the midst of funeral planning and have questions about burial types? If so, then you may have encountered an option for mausoleum entombment. A mausoleum is a structure built to house the remains of one or more deceased individuals, and this entombment method has been in use for ages.

Because mausoleums are buildings, this allows surviving family members and friends to come and visit the burial site in comfort year-round, in spite of any inclement weather. Also, many people consider mausoleums to be an ecologically friendly option because this type of burial usually requires less land than an underground burial. Lastly, mausoleums provide an alternative for individuals who dislike the idea of underground burials or cremation.

At our memorial park in Oakland, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland provides beautiful entombment mausoleums and many other burial options. For information regarding our funeral home and its services, please call us today at (510) 654-0123.

Coping with Anticipatory Grief

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When the health of someone that you care about is declining, experiencing feelings of grief is not uncommon. If you are involved with funeral pre-planning for an ailing loved one, then you may find yourself suffering from anticipatory grief. Read on to learn more about this grieving process and how you can cope.

Understand what you are feeling.
It is common for people to think of grief as something that occurs after a loss. While this is true, many people experience grief before a loved one’s passing if that person is in poor health or old age. This process can last a few days or a few years or more, and is referred to as anticipatory grief. During this time, it is important for you to understand that grief is a normal experience to have before a loved one’s passing.

Communicate with friends and relatives.
When experiencing anticipatory grief, communication can be a key factor in successfully handling your emotions. If you are feeling this way, then it makes sense that your loved one’s friends and other family members are as well. Reaching out to these individuals and communicating about what you are experiencing can be beneficial for everyone. Similarly, developing a support system through friends and family is an excellent way to help cope with your feelings and any responsibilities that you have for your ailing loved one.

Take advantage of grief counseling.
Many people feel that turning to counseling for help in any situation is a sign of weakness or a measure of last resort. When you are experiencing anticipatory grief, it is crucial to understand that taking advantage of counseling offers a beneficial way for anyone to express what they are going through and cope with their feelings.

At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, our experienced staff can assist you with funeral pre-planning services, and we also offer online grief counseling in Oakland. For more information about planning ahead, please call us today at (510) 654-0123.

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