• Teaching Your Children About Death and Loss

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    Death and loss are inevitable parts of life. Still, teaching these concepts to children can often be difficult—especially after the unexpected loss of a grandparent or another loved one. Here is some information that could help you teach your children about death and loss:

    Consider How Children Think In order to communicate with a child about concepts like death and loss, you should try to understand how children think. Until the age of about 5 or 6, children take everything literally. For this reason, explaining death in euphemistic terms can be very risky. Saying that a deceased relative is simply gone or asleep can frighten the child or cause another sort of misunderstanding. Because children understand the world literally, it is important to be straightforward at all times.

    Create an Atmosphere of Comfort When explaining death to a young child, it is imperative to create an atmosphere of comfort. This means being gentle and encouraging your child to ask questions. Maintaining an atmosphere of comfort can help your child understand what has happened more easily.

    Be Honest Finally, you should always be honest when teaching your children about death and loss. Don’t use euphemisms or avoid the topic at hand. However, the concept may still be difficult for children to understand. With younger kids, it’s necessary to explain death and loss in terms they’re familiar with. For example, it might help younger children understand death and loss if you explain to them that death occurs when the body stops working.

    Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. Neither is explaining loss to a young child. Because death is a part of life, however, explaining death and loss is important and should be taken seriously. If you want to learn more about how to teach your child about death and loss, or make funeral, burial or cremation arrangements, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123.


  • Strategies for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

    Losing a loved one is never easy. However, there are ways of coping that can help you get through the mourning process.

    In this video, you will learn strategies for coping with the loss of a loved one. Funerals are a time for mourning and celebration. They give you a time to gather with your loved ones and mourn the departure of friend or relative. At the same time, a funeral can be a highly personalized affair that allows you the opportunity to reflect on the life of the deceased. While offering a sense of closure, a funeral can also be the beginning of a mourning process that is sure to continue.

    If you want to learn more about how you can cope with the loss of a loved one, take a look at this video. To learn more about our services , including burial and cremation, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123.

  • Browse Through These Links For More Information on Cremation and Honoring Your Recently Deceased Loved One

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    Celebrating the life of someone who has died can help to assuage the grief of his or her passing. These links offer ways to remember your loved one through words, special tributes, and cremation .

    Chapel of the Chimes Oakland can help you plan your funeral services or those of your loved one. Our capable and compassionate associates are here to gently guide you through your choices and make your burial or cremation experience as healing as possible. For more information on our funeral home options, call (510) 654-0123 or visit our website.

  • Tips for Writing an Obituary

    Writing an obituary is a wonderful way to remember the life of a loved one. This video explains the essential features that should be included in any obituary.

    First, include the deceased’s full name, date of birth, and date of death. Also, be sure to list the person’s living family members and all pertinent information for his or her funeral services. You may also want to personalize your loved one’s obituary by including information about his or her career, personal interests, and life accomplishments. By adding these facts to the obituary, you can give those who read it a better understanding of your loved one’s life.

    Do you have more questions about the obituary writing process? Call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123 to speak with a funeral home representative.

  • How Chapel Of The Chimes Oakland Can Help Honor The Life of a Recently Deceased Loved One

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    If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be searching for a way to give him the recognition and honor that his life warrants. At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland , we understand that a eulogy may not be enough to convey your love for the deceased. That’s why we offer several different options to commemorate your friend or family member. Whether you choose one or all of our funeral service tributes, you can rest assured that they will each help celebrate the life of your loved one.

    Print Services Programs are a common part of many funeral services. Chapel of the Chimes offers multiple print materials that can each act as a great memento of your loved one’s life . Our funeral home provides high-quality folders, bookmarks, prayer cards, and service programs for those who want to remember their loved ones in a touching and unique way.

    Online Homage More and more, the Internet provides a means for people around the globe to connect. Our funeral home can now allow you to share your favorite pictures and stories of your loved one with others near and far through our personalized website services. Far more than a simple obituary, our websites can give you, your friends, and family members a place to connect and relive your most cherished memories.

    Video Options Many of our clients wish to honor the life of their loved ones through commemorative videos. You can select both the pictures and music, which are then assembled as a moving tribute to your loved one during his funeral service. Those in attendance may also take home a copy of your video as a cherished reminder of your loved one’s life.

    Let Chapel of the Chimes Oakland help you honor your loved one. To find out more about our funeral services, call (510) 654-0123. We also provide veteran’s honors for those who have bravely served our nation.