What We Do

Cremation Ceremonies

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland prides itself on performing its own cremation services onsite. You will have the comfort in knowing we are able to monitor all aspects of the cremation process and insure  that everything has been handled properly and with care.

What is the Cremation Process?

Cremation is a process by which intense heat and flame are used to reduce the body to bone fragments which are then processed for final disposition. Contrary to popular belief, cremation offers the widest variety of options for ceremony and memorialization. With a bit of pre-planning, you and your family members can decide on the ceremony and gathering that best meets your needs.

Traditional Cremation with Ceremony (visitation prior to act of cremation)

This choice involves a full body visitation utilizing a ceremonial container/casket, followed by a religious or private gathering prior to the cremation process described above. After the cremation, the cremated body/ashes are ready for final memorialization, scattering or return to the family. Our Package plans offer a number of unique selections to choose in this category.

Ceremonial Cremation (ceremony after the act of cremation)

Many who choose cremation do so to forgo the traditional aspects of a full body visitation but still want either a personal ceremonial gathering or religious tribute. Our facilities are perfect for any decision and our package plans offer a number of unique selections to choose in this category.

Non-Ceremonial Cremation (simple act of cremation)

We take care of bringing the deceased into our care, transportation and the act of cremation. Afterwards, we deliver the cremated body/ashes directly to the person or place you designate.

Memorialization Options

Honoring and cherishing the memory of a loved one with a final resting place has long been proven an essential element in the grieving and healing process. Below are some unique selections to choose in this category.

In-ground Burial

Some prefer to go in for a traditional in-ground burial of the cremated body/ashes and mark the grave with a headstone

Permanent Cremation Memorialization

Many families find that permanent memorialization in a place and setting specially designed for cremation is the smart and modern way to proceed. Having a personal memorial tribute provides a place to always come back to when the need to remember or feel close arises.

Scattering and Sharing

For some it is important to connect with nature and it is deemed more meaningful to have the cremated body/ashes scattered over land or water. We also offer sharing urns and jewelry for this choice so that small portions of the loved one’s cremated remains may be kept physically close to survivors. Of course, choosing memorialization always allows loved ones to come back in the future to obtain additional cremated remains/ashes for future scattering ceremonies or additional jewelry applications.

Personalized/Custom Arrangements

We offer families the opportunity to remember their loved ones in special ways. These include inscribing names and sayings on tree plaques or a choice of urns to hold the remains for display at home. For other requests, we are always at your service to meet your specific needs.

 Signature Services℠

It's important to take the time to acknowledge the uniqueness of the deceased: the individuality of their personality, and the uniqueness of their life's path. Chapel of the Chimes Oakland Signature Services℠ can help create a unique and personalized ceremony for your loved one.

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Cemetery Cremation Options

Today many families are choosing cremation as an alternative to traditional burial; and there are several ways to create a lasting memorial for loved ones to visit.  Chapel of the Chimes Oakland offers an extensive selection, including glass-front niches, granite memorial benches, and cremorials . 
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