Chapel of the Chimes Hayward understands that there are many emotional and financial
stresses of planning for the loss of a loved one. That’s why we are
honored to provide you with the information you need to make informed
decisions. The articles below contain helpful information on religious
customs, and dealing with loss.
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Buddhist Funeral Traditions
Buddhists believe death is a natural part of the life cycle. They believe that death simply leads to rebirth. This belief in reincarnation – that a person’s spirit remains close by and seeks out a new body and new life – is a comforting and important principle. For Buddhists death is not the end of life, so it is not something to be feared. Where and how a person is reborn depends on their good and bad actions in past lives. Read More
Chinese Funeral Traditions
The rules around death are very important to all members of Chinese society. Special attention is paid to the care of the dead and very specific rules are followed. It is widely believed that bad luck will come to the family that does not honor the rules.
Catholic Funeral Traditions
Christians believe that God is the giver of all life. People of the Catholic faith view death as the end of life on earth and the beginning of eternal life with God. So the rules they follow at the time of death help a loved one’s spirit, or soul return to God. They offer worship, praise and thanks for the gift of life. Read More
Military Funeral Traditions
The final farewell honoring individuals who have served in the Armed Forces is infused with ceremonial traditions that date back centuries. An understanding military burial customs gives greater meaning to the symbolic activities that may take place during the final resting of an active duty or retired member of the Armed Forces. Read More
Choosing speakers for a funeral
What makes a funeral service memorable? Most often, it’s the words that are spoken and the special people who say them. So when you gather with family members to plan a ceremony to help you celebrate the life of a loved one, it’s wise to choose your speakers with care. Read More
Helping the family
While talking to someone in a state of grief can be uncomfortable, don’t let discomfort prevent you from reaching out. You might not know exactly what to say or what to do, but that’s okay; you don’t need to have answers or give advice.
Jewish Funeral Traditions
Throughout the centuries, Jewish people have practiced time-honored traditions that keep families and generations connected, and death is no exception.Read More
Protestant Funeral Traditions
The funeral service is usually held in a church or funeral home under the direction of a pastor or minister. This rite centers on the transition to everlasting life and commonly consists of prayers, eulogies and remembrances, the reading of Biblical passages and music selections. Read More