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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 Plan a Funeral According to Custom

When planning a loved one’s funeral, there are a number of factors to consider. In addition to reflecting the personality of the individual whose life you are commemorating, you should think about the person’s background and how this may play a role in the funeral options you choose.

Watch this video to learn how religious affiliations, family tradition, and ethnic heritage can affect decisions about funeral services. Funeral location, ceremony, method of handling the body, and even the time of day at which the funeral is held can all be affected by culture and tradition.

If you are looking for a full-service funeral home and crematory, call Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland at (510) 654-0123. Our beautiful and historic buildings are the perfect place to lay your loved one to rest.

In Memory of Cynthia Rodriguez


Chapel of the Chimes has been honored to serve the Cynthia Rodriguez family.  If you would like to make a donation for Cynthia’s cemetery arrangements please contact Karee Korell the Location Manager at Chapel of the Chimes at 510-228-3214 or you can mail in your donation to the address below.  Cynthia’s family would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words during this difficult time.

Chapel of the Chimes

Attn:  Karee Korell

4499 Piedmont Ave

Oakland, CA 94611

Visitation will be held at Chapel of the Chimes, Friday, August 24, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church 1023 Peralta St. Oakland, CA 94607

What You Need to Know About Cremation

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Cremation has been practiced in some parts of the world for thousands of years. In the United States, however, the choice of cremation as part of the funeral process has only recently become prevalent. If you are pre-planning your funeral or making arrangements for a loved one who has recently passed away, educate yourself about cremation to help you make the important decision between burial and cremation.

  • Benefits of Cremation
    Depending on your preferences and priorities, cremation may offer several advantages over a traditional burial. When the most basic options are chosen, cremation is generally cheaper than burial. Cremation is also typically a more environmentally friendly way to handle of a loved one’s body.
  • Cremation Process
    During cremation, a body is inserted into a cremation chamber, where it is exposed to temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This intense heat reduces the body to bone fragments, often referred to as cremated remains or ashes.
  • Ceremony Options
    Before a body is cremated, a family can choose to hold a viewing, just like the viewing that can be held for a full-body burial. Individuals can also choose a direct cremation. With both options, a funeral service or memorial can still be held.
  • Cremated Remains
    You can choose to scatter some or all of the cremated remains in a place that held some sort of significance to the loved who has recently passed away. Any ashes that are not scattered can be stored below the ground, in an above-ground urn, or in columbarium.

Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland provides a full range of funeral and cremation services. Our historic chapel is a beautiful place to honor your loved one with a special ceremony, and our cemetery and columbarium are idyllic places for the storage of your loved one’s remain. If you are in need of funeral planning assistance, call (510) 654-0123 to speak with a dedicated and compassionate funeral service provider.

Discover More About Veteran Funeral Benefits and Chapel of the Chimes

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The times following a loved one’s death can be extremely difficult. If you’ve found our recent posts helpful, take a look at some of the resources below.

  • If your loved one was a veteran, learn about military funeral honors from this page from VA.gov.
  • If you aren’t sure whether your loved one’s veteran’s benefits extend to you or your family, this guide from Funerals.org can help.
  • This article reviews the Chapel of the Chimes grounds and exhibits.
  • JazzWest.com gives you a look at Jazz at the Chimes, a popular concert series that is hosted at Chapel of the Chimes.
  • Learn a bit more about our beautiful funeral facilities in this blurb from the San Francisco Chronicle.

For more information about any of our end-of-life services, call Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland today at (510) 654-0123.

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