• Helping Children Cope with Tragedy and Loss

    Like adults, children cope with tragedy and loss in different ways. Unlike most adults, however, children often struggle with the basic concept of death. For advice helping children of any age cope with the death of someone they knew, watch this helpful news clip.

    Most experts on death and dying recommend being honest with your children about death if you can help it; however, there is nothing wrong with shielding them from excessive exposure to tragedy. Letting your children know that you are available to provide comfort and answers can help them work through the tragedy.

    If your child’s loss was your loss as well, and if you are in need of grief support yourself, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland can help. We offer a range of grief support services both online and in person. To learn more about our grief support or funeral planning and cremation services, call (510) 654-0123.

  • An Overview of Cemetery Creation

    More families across the country are choosing cremation instead of conventional burial when memorializing the remains of their loved ones. During cremation, a person’s remains are burned at very high temperatures. At the end of the process, all that remains is calcified bone, which is then turned into ash. The ash from a cremation can then be incorporated into a wide variety of memorials to help you and your family remember and celebrate your loved one’s life. Here is a brief overview of your cemetery cremation options:

    Funeral Urn with Flowers

    Glass Front Niche

    Glass front niches are elegant displays placed in air-conditioned environments, and can provide survivors with a tasteful place to honor their loved ones. Since the glass front niches at Chapel of the Chimes allow for up to 12 internments, you can place the remains of the deceased alongside the ashes of any other family members who have passed.

    Granite or Marble Face Niche

    Granite and marble face niches provide an elegant memorial for your loved one’s cremated remains. With locations both inside the chapel and outside it, Chapel of the Chimes’ granite and marble face niches can hold one or two urns in one place.


    If you opt for cremation, your loved one’s ashes can be buried and incorporated into a garden. A garden can be constructed with or without fountains, depending on your or your loved one’s preference.

    Cremation Bench Estate

    A cremation bench estate can provide a beautiful resting place for your loved one’s remains while also giving you and your loved ones a place to sit and reflect. It’s an elegant and practical way to honor a deceased loved one.

    The options listed above are just a sample of the options available for families interested in cemetery cremation. If you want to learn more about your cemetery cremation options, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123. When it comes to memorializing your loved one, we will do everything in our ability to make your vision a reality.

  • The Dmitri Matheny Group at Jazz at the Chimes



    The Decibelles

    Saturday, June 15 4 p.m.

    Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland

    4499 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley Rd.

    Free community concert!

    The Decibelles is an eclectic, upbeat women’s vocal ensemble, directed by Cava Menzies. We are an auditioned group of singers whose repertoire includes pop, oldies, standards, jazz, and folk.

    Come enjoy great music by Billy Strayhorn, Paul Simon, Curtis Mayfield, Lennon and McCartney, Billy Joel and more!

  • Deciding Whether Cremation Is Right for Your Family

    In recent years, cremation has become increasingly popular among families across the country. There are many reasons for the shift away from conventional burial. For one, cremation tends to be less expensive. Cremation also provides families a higher degree of flexibility; once placed in an urn, a loved one’s ashes can be memorialized in a number of ways. Determining whether cremation is right for your family is a different issue, however. Before making a decision, you must first determine if cremation is what the deceased would have wanted. You should also determine whether cremation will allow for the kind of ceremony you and your family would like to have.

    Funeral Urn with Rose

    Understanding the options afforded to your family by cremation is the first step to determining whether it is the right choice for your loved one’s remains. If you want to learn more about what cremation involves , call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123.