Cremation reduces the body into its most basic constituents, offering families a variety of memorialization options after death. Selecting cremation services near Oakland is a personal choice that individuals may make as part of funeral pre-planning, or that families may choose following the loss of a loved one. Whether you would like help planning a cremation ceremony or have questions about cremation and other funeral services, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland is here to work with you to create a personalized memorialization ceremony that will honor your loved one’s life.

Arranging for Cremation

Cremation is a personal choice that individuals may seek for many reasons. There are several options to consider when arranging for cremation; your funeral home can help you make arrangements and select the service that is best for your family.

  • Cremation services may be pre-planned prior to death. If you or a loved one would like to arrange for cremation during funeral pre-planning, your funeral home will work with you to design the service you want and set up a pre-payment plan if you wish.
  • Cremation does not preclude the option to hold a funeral or other memorial ceremony. Such ceremonies may be held before or after the body is cremated, depending upon your preference. Memorial ceremonies may be religious or non-religious; your funeral home will help you make arrangements to create exactly the type of service you prefer.
  • Following cremation, the remains may be buried in a traditional casket or urn, placed in a niche or bench, scattered in a place of your choosing, or retained by one or more family members in an urn or container.

Choosing a Cremation Container

Following cremation, the ashes of your loved one’s body will be returned to you for memorialization in any way you wish. You or your family members may want to retain a portion of the cremains in an urn or other container. If many family members wish to keep a portion of the cremains, they can be split among many container options. When choosing a cremation urn, factors to consider include purpose, aesthetics, durability, biodegradability, and transportability. You may also wish to consider your loved one’s lifestyle and preferences to choose a container or urn that reflects their unique personality. If you are unsure about your choice, a temporary urn can provide a respectful place to store the remains until you have made your final selection.

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland offers onsite cremation in Oakland, as well as a variety of other funeral services, including Jewish funerals, Catholic funerals, and funeral pre-planning. You can reach a staff member today to discuss your questions by calling (510) 654-0123.

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