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Common Questions About Funeral Receptions

Funeral Home San Mateo

A funeral reception is a time when family and friends gather together to celebrate the life and mourn the death of a loved one. As you are arranging a burial at a funeral home, you will want to make sure that you plan ahead for the reception. By finding the right venue for your funeral reception, you will provide your family and friends with an appropriate space to grieve and console one another. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about funeral receptions.

Should the funeral reception be held before or after the service?
When you are planning the funeral reception, you may have questions about whether it should take place before or after the burial and funeral services have concluded. In fact, the timing of the reception is up to your personal preferences and the wishes of your loved ones. While some families choose to hold the reception after the burial, others hold the reception beforehand.

What types of refreshments do I need to serve?
Food and drinks are typically served at funeral receptions. While you want to make sure that your guests have access to food and drinks, you should keep in mind that appetites may be lighter than usual.

Where should I hold the funeral reception?
While you might consider holding your funeral reception at a private home, your memorial park will also have spaces that are dedicated to receptions and services. Holding your reception at the funeral park will provide you with access to additional amenities, and will also make the reception more accessible to those who have attended the burial service.

If you need help planning funeral services in San Mateo, Skylawn Memorial Park will be there to assist you. Our cemetery offers a range of burial options, so you will be able to honor your loved one in a way that is fits your preferences. For more information about the services that our memorial park has to offer, give us a call at (650) 349-4411.

What You Need to Know About Sympathy Gifts

Funeral Home San Mateo

A sympathy gift is a donation to a specific cause or charity group made in honor of a person who has passed away. It is typically made in lieu of sending flowers to the funeral home, and most families specify their preference for sympathy gifts in an obituary. The concern some people have when making sympathy gifts is that the family may not know when the donation has been made. Here is what you need to know about making sympathy gifts that truly provide comfort to the grieving family.

Is it acceptable to mention a sympathy gift?
Many people are worried that telling a grieving family about the sympathy gift that they have made will be perceived as thoughtless and self-serving. In reality, knowing that you made a contribution in honor of their lost loved one can provide the family with comfort. Because many charity groups don't send out notifications when they receive donations, you should let the family know that you have made a contribution in their loved one's honor. The key is finding the right time and place.

When and how can I mention my sympathy gift?
The easiest way to alert the family about a gift is to include a note on a sympathy card. You can complete a card and put it in the basket at the funeral home or mail it directly to the immediate family's house. Writing it in a sympathy card is preferred to mentioning it during funeral services because the family will be overwhelmed and may not remember. The written notification will stand out as the family reads the cards and bring them comfort. Try to make your donation as close to the funeral as possible, and send your written acknowledgment as soon as possible. Avoid mentioning the dollar amount you gave and instead simply mention the group to which you donated.

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park can alert your funeral guests to your preference for sympathy gifts in your loved one's honor, along with our full cremation and burial services. Contact our funeral home in San Mateo by calling (650) 349-4411.

Get Interactive Grief Support

Funeral Home San Mateo

At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we recognize that our customers need more than help planning funeral services and understanding their options for green burial, cremation, and cemetery services. They also need our support in dealing with their grief. That is why we're pleased to offer grief support services to our customers who need them, including online, interactive grief counseling.

Our interactive grief support services are led by our executive counseling director. This grief resource consists of a series of videos to help you understand the process of grieving and the dynamic nature of your feelings. You can use the online tools to find the kind of support you need exactly when you need it, whether your loss was sudden or expected or whether your loss is new or old.

You're not alone when a loved one passes away. Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park can assist in every aspect of what comes next, including grief support and funeral planning in San Mateo. When you need our services, please call (650) 349-4411.

Are There Six Stages of Grief?

Grief after the death of a loved one never looks the same from person to person, but many people want a roadmap to help them understand what they are facing. Often, people talk about five stages of grief, which people go through long after the funeral services are over, but could there actually be six stages?

Watch this video to hear about Rick Warren's experience with grief after losing his son. Grief is a confusing and painful process, but the most important part of going through it is to reach out for grief support services when you need them.

At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we're pleased to offer grief counseling in San Mateo for families coping with the painful loss of a loved one. We are here to answer your questions about all of the services at our funeral home, including cremation, burial, and grief support. Call us at (650) 349-4411 for more information.

Tips for Notifying People About a Loved One's Death and Funeral Arrangements

Funeral Home San Mateo

In addition to choosing a funeral home and planning funeral services, one of the many tasks that will face you after a loved one passes away is notifying other friends and family members. Loved ones not only will need to be alerted to the passing but also will need information about the funeral arrangements. These tips will help you make these notifications.

Consider Face-to-Face Conversations
Depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person receiving the news, a face-to-face conversation may be your best way to make the notification. This makes it easier to deliver the news with the compassion you intend and allows you to comfort each other. Of course, when close family and friends live far away, these conversations may not be possible. In these cases, a phone call to provide the news as soon as possible is a good substitute. You may wish to notify some people of the passing before you have made any funeral plans and then follow up when the time for the service is set.

Enlist Help
When you are planning a funeral and making important decisions about things like cremation and burial, the sheer number of people who need to be notified can be overwhelming. Although you should notify close friends and family yourself, ask for help in notifying other people, such as acquaintances and work colleagues. This can alleviate some of your burden and help you avoid having the same conversation multiple times.

Use an Obituary
Obituaries aren't just tributes to someone who has passed on. They also provide information to people about funeral arrangements. With the information in an obituary, people can find out when the funeral is to be held or what funeral home to contact with questions about the arrangements.

At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we can provide information about the funeral services in San Mateo you have planned for your loved one as well as post information on our website to help people pay their respects. For help with planning a funeral or to find out more about our services, please call (650) 349-4411.

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