In recent years, funerals have tended to be less traditional. Although the changes are welcome in many ways, it’s still important to incorporate religious tradition if your loved one’s faith was an important part of his or her life. So don’t be afraid to buck the trend. It may be helpful to talk to a member of the clergy to help you with: SelectingRead More >>
The death of a loved one is always a difficult experience, whether it follows a long illness or happens suddenly. For some, death after a long illness may be harder to bear because the suffering is prolonged. It’s extremely painful to see someone you love suffer, especially if you powerless to help. Being a caregiver for someone who is terminally ill can also be very stressful. Even the most resilient peopleRead More >>
Funerals can be expensive, especially when the loss is unexpected. Often, people don’t have a plan in place to pay for a funeral and it can be extremely stressful to be faced with a large bill they had no idea they’d be paying. In reality, there are many ways to defray the cost of a funeral. Your firstRead More >>
When you’re planning a funeral, there are many factors to consider. The visitation, funeral service, casket and many other factors must be carefully considered. The grave marker is one of the more important. There are so many memorialization options — from flat markers to statuary — that it may seem overwhelming at first. It might help to understand some of the terminology asRead More >>
Funerals continue to evolve as our society changes. It’s impossible to know exactly what will happen next, but by evaluating trends we can get a fairly good idea. Here are some predictions from experts about the future of funerals: New traditions will be established. Increasingly, the focus will be on personalization, and people will move from the traditional funeralRead More >>
When you’re thinking about preplanning your funeral, consider all the possibilities, no matter how unusual. Take some time to really think about how you’d like the service to unfold and how your personality could be represented. Write down your ideas and talk to a funeral director about which ones are feasible. To get you started, here are some interesting ideasRead More >>
The loss of a loved one is painful, but there are certain days that are worse than others. For most people, birthdays and holidays are hard. For those who are grieving, anniversaries of the loss can be especially painful. If you’re struggling to cope with grief, try to have a plan for how you’ll deal with feelings that arise on these specialRead More >>
Technology was largely the domain of the young in the past. Many older people didn’t want to take it on because it seemed too complicated, and it was the younger generation who understood technology and lived by the trends. Today, however, everything is changing. Older people are much more comfortable with technology than ever before. TheyRead More >>
When a loved one dies, you want the funeral to be special. It’s important for the service to be a reflection of the life that was lived. A life-honoring tribute helps those who loved the person to find closure and begin to heal. But what if you don’t have a large amount of money toRead More >>
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 >>
“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.
“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