Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home - Westland
4670 S Inkster Rd.
Westland, MI 48186

Why do we have funerals?
A funeral affirms that a death has occurred and pays tribute to a life lived. It is an organized response to death that allows family members, friends and associates the opportunity to commemorate a loved one. The funeral also serves to care for the dead by properly and honorably disposing of the body. The gathering of family and friends supports those who grieve and helps them to adjust spiritually, emotionally and socially

What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial service?
 A funeral always involves the presence and final disposition of a dead human body. A memorial service is any service which commemorates a death, but does not involve the presence or disposition of the body.
Should the body of the deceased be present at the funeral?
The choice of whether to have the body present at the funeral, or not, is a personal, family decision. Having the deceased present allow what families feel is a necessary part of the grieving process. Some people feel that the best way to accept a death is by viewing the body of the deceased. It allows family and friends to confront the loss of the person, to honor his or her memory, and to address religious and spiritual beliefs. Some families find it too difficult and painful to have the body present. It is important that each family make the decision that suits them best.

Why should I choose The Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home to make advance arrangements?
We believe in comprehensive care. Our services can start long before a funeral is needed and they extend well beyond the funeral itself. We provide our best in service at the time of need and personal follow-up to your family after the death.

What is the value in viewing?
Viewing is an important time because it reinforces the reality of death. It may not be easy to do, but that is okay. Viewing allows family and friends to see that their loved one is at rest and free from pain and discomfort. It gives each person a peaceful memory to cherish.

Why should I prearrange my Funeral?
When you prearrange your funeral you:

  • Relieve an emotional burden from those you love.
  • Express your own wishes.
  • Relieve a financial burden from those you love if you prepay expenses.
  • Avoid conflicts among family and friends.
  • If a loved one died out of state, can my local Funeral Home still help?
What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness.

Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to the family.

Is Embalming Required By Law?
Embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary if you select certain arrangements such as a funeral with viewing.  If you do not want embalming you usually have the right to choose an arrangement such as direct cremation.

If a love one died out state, can I call my local funeral home?
Yes, Call  Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home, we can make all the arrangement to have your loved one transferred back to the city of choice. We will do all we can to carry out the wishes of your family.