We live in a society that values convenience and speed above most other things. When a loved one dies, the loss is often so painful that many people want to skip the funeral service and just try to move on with life.

In truth, a funeral service is a good place to begin the healing process.

  • Being present with the body of your loved one can help bring closure. Throughout history, many people have upheld a tradition of sitting with the body and even bathing and dressing the loved one in preparation for burial. This is a very difficult time, but it can also be precious because it allows you the opportunity to say goodbye in a tangible way.
  • Sharing memories with friends and family helps the grieving process. When mourners come together to share memories, connections are formed and bonds are strengthened. It’s difficult, but as people remember happy times with someone who was important in their lives, it helps people accept the loss and begin to heal.
  • A life-affirming memorial is a wonderful way to honor your loved one. A funeral can be a celebration of a life well lived. There are many options, and you can create an atmosphere that reflects the hobbies, work and passions of the person who has died.

At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, we’ve been helping families heal since 1909. We offer many options to help you celebrate your loved one’s unique life, and will work with you to make sure everything truly honors that person and respects your family’s wishes. Call us today at (510) 379-5200, or drop by for a tour to learn about preplanning and the other services we offer.