Host to a challenging series of simultaneous 20th-century music performances every year, the labyrinthine, echoing halls of the Oakland Columbarium house thousands of little glassed-in shelves from floor to cavernous ceiling. Each shelf holds a little bronze urn or book-shaped canister, and each of these in turn holds the ashen remains of family members gone to that great human-heaven in the sky. The Columbarium, with its many mosaic tiled fountains, rounds of gardened greenery and sandy stonework arches, is arguably one of the most serene and lovely places in the Bay Area to wander alone. It's not bad for a daytime date, either--that is, if you're both fans of Harold and Maude. (TB)
Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is one of California’s most beautiful historic buildings. We were founded in 1909 as a crematory and columbarium. And while our client families today come to us for many other end-of-life services, we are the Bay Area’s most desired cremation venue…. Choosing Cremation does not limit your options for celebrating the life of a departed loved one in a way that is meaningful to family and friends. You can choose a traditional funeral or memorial service – with or without viewing- before or after cremation. As with burial ceremonies, the event can be personalized to better reflect the life being celebrated. Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is one of the top cremation service providers in Northern California and is one of the most desired crematory locations.