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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.

Pre-Planning Your Cremation Choices

Funeral Home Oakland Planning ahead for your cremation services is an excellent way to remove some of the burden from your surviving family after your passing and to help ensure that your funeral arrangements are carried out in the way that you prefer. Continue reading for tips on pre-planning your cremation choices.

Explore your cremation options.
It’s a common assumption that choosing cremation means that you can’t also have a traditional funeral when, in truth, you can arrange funeral services that are to be followed by cremation, rather than a burial. You can also choose to hold a memorial service following the cremation. Finally, you can elect to have your cremated remains entombed, buried, or scattered afterward.

Understand your options for ashes.
As already mentioned, you can arrange to have your cremated remains buried much in the same way that a casket would be buried. You can also choose to have the funeral urn entombed in items like benches and boulder, or in a niche or mausoleum. If you wish for your ashes to be scattered, learn about your local regulations regarding the scattering of ashes before selecting a location.

Consider your religion.
If you are planning to observe cultural or religious traditions, then it’s important to learn more about any opinions about cremation that they might have. Some religions require cremation, while others forbid it. If you have questions about this, speak with your local cultural or religious leader.

Talk to your family.
Whether you have made a final decision about how you would like your cremation handled following your passing or not, it can be beneficial to speak with your family about your options and any plans that you’re making. Including them in the process can help you come to decisions and, by letting them know how you want your cremation handled, may make things less stressful when the time comes.

At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, we offer several cremation ceremonies as well as helpful resources for pre-planning your funeral. To find out more about our cremation services near Oakland, please give us a call today at (510) 654-0123.

Preparing for the Reception

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Following the loss of a loved one, you may find yourself facing several difficult decisions as you make arrangements and alert friends and family to the person’s passing. If you are planning to have a reception following the deceased’s cremation or funeral service, then consider the following when preparing for the event:

Number of Attendees
The first step in planning a funeral reception is to determine how many people you expect. If the number is more than your home can handle comfortably or if you are not located near the funeral location, then consider renting a space for the reception or making restaurant reservations. Doing so can help ensure that you have plenty of space and can leave you with less cleanup afterward, which can be important during this difficult time.

Assistance from Others
If possible, reach out to friends and family while you are preparing for a funeral reception. Place one person in charge of choosing a location, such as someone’s home, a church, or a restaurant. Then, place another person in charge of making and receiving any phone calls from and to friends and family of the deceased to help spread the word about where and when the reception will be held. Doing this will help free up some of your time for making additional funeral arrangements.

Food and Drink
If you are handling most of the arrangements on your own, then opting for catering services can be a smart decision. Preparing for a reception can involve a lot of planning and, while you are grieving, can be particularly difficult. For these reasons, arranging for catering or asking everyone to bring a dish or drink is a good way to have plenty of food and refreshments at the reception.

Are you planning funeral services in Oakland? If so, then contact Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. In addition to funeral and cremation services, we offer conveniently located reception areas and assistance with reception planning. For more information about our funeral home, please give us a call at (510) 654-0123.

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.

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