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Though death can be difficult to face, we all have to keep in mind that it is a necessary part of life. Whether you’re considering with your own death or that of a loved one, the best you can do is to prepare a fitting memorial service that will help you or your remaining loved ones grieve and move forward.

  • The time after a loved one’s death is always filled with difficult emotions. For help coping with these emotions, turn to this page from HelpGuide.org.
  • Death can be an especially difficult concept for children. Help your child better understand death with this page from KidsHealth.org.
  • As we reach the end of life, many of us face the struggle between holding on and letting go. To learn more, visit this page from the Family Caregiver Alliance.   
  • When a loved one passes away, there are often many financial matters left to deal with. For help getting everything in order, visit this page from DailyFinance.com.  
  • Do you need help planning your own funeral or memorial service? Take a look at this page from Funerals.org.

For more information about any of these topics or anything that we have covered in our recent blog posts, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 992-6709. 

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Create the Perfect Tribute

When a loved one passes away, we feel compelled to celebrate that person’s life in the best way possible. However, since your loved one had so many great qualities, planning the perfect memorial service can be very difficult.

In this short video, we see how Chapel of the Chimes can help create a fitting and profound tribute for your loved one. Everyone is different and deserving of their own unique memorial service—that’s why Chapel of the Chimes’ planning specialists are dedicated to helping you plan every detail.   

If you’ve been charged with the difficult task of planning a loved one’s memorial service, contact us at Chapel of the Chimes. Our staff is standing by to help you in your time of grief. For more information, call us at (510) 992-6709.

How Grief Counseling Can Help During a Difficult Time

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There is no worse feeling than that of losing someone close to you—particularly when they seem to have been taken before their time. The prospect of never again being able to hold a loved one in your arms or hear their laughter is often too much for us to bear. However, no one has to face these difficult times alone. Here’s how grief counseling can help in the wake of a loved one’s passing:

  • Finding acceptance

Since losing a loved one is such an Earth-shattering event, it can often change the way we think about the world. For many of us, it’s difficult to accept that someone is really gone—a part of us may be expecting our loved one to come home at any time. With grief counseling, you can more easily accept the death of a loved one and discover what it means to live in a world without that person.

  • Confronting your feelings

Death always brings about a complex range of emotions within each of us. Whether you’re sad that you never got to say goodbye to a loved one or mad at yourself for being unable to save him or her, grief counseling can be a step in the right direction. Though your first instinct may be to keep these emotions to yourself, you’ll find that confronting and accepting them is far more liberating.

  • Moving on

Finally, grief counseling can help you realize that though your loved one’s life is over, but yours is not. You may never be completely “over” the death of a loved one, but grief counseling can help you move on and enjoy your remaining years on Earth.

If you’ve recently lost a loved one in the Oakland area, you should contact Chapel of the Chimes. In addition to helping you find closure with an appropriate memorial service, we’ll make sure that you receive the grief counseling you need. For more information, call us today at (510) 992-6709. 

Cremation: The Importance of Planning Ahead

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Many of us spend considerable amounts of time thinking about death and what we want done with our remains. While some of us don’t have a preference, many of us have very specific wishes. Either way, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Here’s a brief look at the importance of planning your own cremation and memorial service:

  • Finding peace of mind

Even if you’re perfectly healthy, planning your cremation and memorial service can grant you peace of mind. Contrary to popular belief, cremation does not limit the variety of options for your remains; in fact, you can still have an open casket service before the cremation if you wish. Whichever option you choose for your remains, it’s soothing to know that your wishes are known.

  • Considering your survivors 

If you don’t plan your memorial ahead of time, you could leave your survivors in a very tough situation. In addition to dealing with the grief of your passing, your loved ones will have to guess which kind of ceremony you would have preferred. Even if you have no particular preference as to what happens to your body, making these decisions can be very stressful for the ones you leave behind.

  • Looking after your remains

Many of us have very specific wishes for what happens to our remains, often based in religion or spirituality. If you belong to a particular faith, then pre-planning your cremation and memorial is the best way to ensure that all of the proper rites are observed. If your loved ones also belong to that same faith, pre-planning the appropriate memorial can also help them find closure in their time of grief.

Since planning your own cremation and memorial service requires you to consider your own death, it’s not an easy task. However, for the sake of your loved ones and your own inner peace, it is essential. For help planning the specifics of your cremation and memorial service, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 992-6709.

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