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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.

Funeral Arrangement Tips From Chapel of the Chimes Oakland

Rose on the tombstone

Funeral planning can be a trying experience. That’s why the best funeral homes make the process simple and affordable during your time of mourning.

Contact the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland at (510) 992-6709 for more information on funeral service arrangements. We also offer funeral service pre-planning.

FREE Historical Tour at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland!

Attention everyone!

Mark your calendars for our FREE Historical Tour! This will take place on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am.

Please RSVP to Linda Charles at lcharles@lifemarkgroup.com

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Columbarium and Mausoleum

Columbaria and mausoleums are buildings used to house the remains of deceased loved ones. Visits to these places following the passing of a loved one are important. These visits help families become more at ease with their loved one’s passing and help people to feel more comfortable making important disposition decisions.

Take a look at this video for a virtual tour of the facilities at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. At Chapel of the Chimes, remains are held within beautiful granite niches. Many feature glass doors. These cases allow families to view the beautiful vases containing their loved one’s remains.

Your loved ones deserve the very best, and Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is one of the finest crematoriums in the area. Call us at (510) 992-6709 to learn more about our renowned columbaria.

Funeral Traditions: Cultural Differences

At the Funeral (burial)

The loss of a love one is extremely personal, and most cultures and religions have unique funeral traditions to celebrate departed family members. The following overview shines light on some of these international funeral service traditions:

  • Western Funerals
    Funerals planned in North America and Europe are heavily influenced by Christian traditions. The acts of sending flowers, making donations to a favorite church or charity, and black dress colors are all characteristics of a Western-influenced funeral.

    Roman Catholic funerals often involve additional religious touches, such as wakes, graveside prayers, and burial rites. While pioneered through religious communities, many of these traditions are no longer specific to the Catholic faith. In fact, most Western funerals incorporate some of these components as a part of cultural tradition.
  • Middle Eastern Funerals
    Funeral traditions in the Middle East are derived from Muslim and Jewish faiths. Muslim funeral traditions require the body to be buried as quickly as possible. Key features of a Muslim funeral include a silent procession, three days of mourning, and gifts of food. Unlike Western funerals, the sending of flowers is not an appropriate gesture in Muslim tradition.

    Similarly, Jewish funerals take place within a day of a family member’s passing. All men, even those of non-Jewish descent, are required to wear a yarmulke to the ceremony. Jewish tradition also calls for a mourning period, which lasts seven days. Again, flowers are an inappropriate condolence in Jewish tradition.
  • Pan-Asian Funerals
    Funerals in the Buddhist tradition are remarkably different than their Western counterparts. As Buddhists believe in the passing of life and journey toward Nirvana, funerals are a cause for celebration. Flowers are an appropriate gift of condolence, but food is not.

    On the other end of the scale, Hindu funerals take place in the home soon after the loved one’s passing. The ceremony waits until after a ceremonial cremation. Fruit is the most appropriate condolence gift for funerals in the Hindu tradition.

Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland celebrates all types of funeral traditions. Contact us at (510) 992-6709 to learn how our grounds can accommodate your unique cultural needs.

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