Established in 1872 in Hayward, California, Chapel of the Chimes has been serving families for more than 145 years, making it older than the city itself. Even before the town was incorporated in 1876, there was a lot of activity in the area. The Ohlone Indians were the first inhabitants. Then in 1843, soldier and surveyor Guillermo Castro was granted almost 27,00 acres of land by the MexicanRead More >>
When you’re deciding on a final resting place for yourself or a loved one, choosing the right cemetery is important. It should be a place of natural beauty so people will want to visit. It should also be convenient for friends and family to pay their respects. Just as important, though, is the maintenance of the location. If you’ve ever visited a cemetery that’s fallen into disrepair, you knowRead More >>
Even before recorded history, there is evidence of rituals and customs surrounding death and sacred spots where people placed their dead. All cultures have ways to honor their dead and mark the passing of a life, and many of these traditions go back for many generations. Today, though, modern funerals are changing. Personalized funerals are becoming popular. More and more, there’sRead More >>
The baby boomer generation has always done things their own way, and as they age in the coming years, more will want to start making their own end-of-life arrangements. In many ways, boomer funerals are more focused on personal expression than tradition. Among the most popular: “Bespoke” funerals that are tailored to their personality: Rather than following a specific, traditional order of service, many baby boomers are looking forRead More >>
April of this year saw the death of one of the most beloved first ladies in our nation’s history: 92-year-old Barbara Bush. The matriarch of the Bush family, Barbara’s 73-year marriage to former president George Herbert Walker Bush was the longest of any presidential couple. She was also the mother of another president, and was well-loved and respected not just by her family and friends but by the American people.Read More >>
Becoming a funeral director might seem like an unusual choice. But it’s not just a job, it’s a compassionate career, a calling and a labor of love in service to grieving families. Funeral directors take the worst day of a person’s life and try to ease their pain. They also tend to all the little details before, during and even after the funeral that make it easier for the family to focus on celebrating a loved one’s life., ThisRead More >>
As the Baby Boomers reach their golden years, attitudes on death and dying are beginning to shift. Perhaps because of this, end-of-life care is taking a more compassionate approach than in generations past. Volunteers, nurses, social workers and hospice workers are embracing a more caring attitude, with a view of death as a transition and a special eye toward howRead More >>
Funeral planning has many aspects to consider, from flowers to music to eulogies to the people you would like to speak. Traditional readings are usually pulled from scripture, which is comforting for many people. Often, the person who has died will have a favorite passage or verse that makes it easy to plan that part of the service. Today, however, many peopleRead More >>
More than just a final resting place, the gravesite of a loved one is a touchpoint for future generations. When people go to visit a loved one’s grave, it gives them the opportunity to feel close to that person again. For this special place to be ideal for reflection and remembrance, it needs to be properly maintained. ThereRead More >>
Chung Yeung Festival, also known as Autumn Remembrance, takes place on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The festival is a day to respect and remember ancestors, a practice widely valued by the Chinese. The practice of ancestor worship is based on three beliefs: A person’s good or bad
Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – is a tradition that honors the lives of loved ones who have died. Come out with your family on Sunday, November 4 from 11:30 am to 5 pm and enjoy: 11:30 am: Blessing of the Altar with Ollin Anahuac Traditional Aztec Dance Group 1 pm:
“Words cannot express our gratitude for all the kindness and assistance you have extended to our family.” — E.O.
“We wish to extend our deepest gratitude for your help, all your support and the respect you showed us.” — The B. Family
“Our family wants to thank you. Everything went very smooth all because of you. The service was beautiful and the songs you provided were perfect.” — M. and D.H.