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Islamic Beliefs About Death and Mourning

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In a time of loss, funeral ceremony customs and traditions can be a comfort for the mourners. As with all religions, not all Muslims hold the same views or follow the exact same practices. However, the main elements of Islamic funeral services tend to be consistent across different cultures.

Imminent Death
When a Muslim is gravely ill or injured and is thought to be approaching death, his or her loved ones are encouraged to be present to offer comfort. The family may encourage the dying person to recite the shahada. As soon as the death has occurred, the family recites, "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un." The decedent's eyes are closed and the body is covered by a clean sheet.

Organ Donation
Imams generally agree that Islam allows organ donation. This is due to a line in the Qu'ran that reads, "Whosoever saves the life of one person it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind."

It is customary for Muslim families to refuse routine autopsies, as these are perceived as desecrating the body. Similarly, embalming is refused unless it is required by federal or state law. Cosmetology services are also typically refused.

Cremation is strictly forbidden in Islam. It is "haram," which means an unclean practice. Not only are Muslims prohibited from being cremated, they are prohibited from witnessing cremation or voicing positive opinions about it. These strict beliefs about cremation are due to the following tenets of Islam:

  • The dead must receive the same respect as those who are still living.
  • The dead are a reminder that death, as a natural conclusion to life, is not to be feared.
  • Allah resurrects the body from the tailbone, and cremation would destroy the tailbone.
  • A human cannot truly know what happens after death.

The only exception to cremation is if it is necessary to prevent the spread of diseases and an imam gives permission.

Funeral Services

After the body is ceremoniously washed and shrouded by the family, the body is taken to the mosque for the funeral prayers. Then, the body is taken to the memorial park for the burial. Because of the prohibition on embalming, there is no visitation and burial must take place as soon as possible.

At Skylawn Memorial Park, we are highly sensitive to the importance of cultural and religious traditions. Contact our funeral home in San Mateo to discuss our burial services, which include pre-need arrangements. You can reach us at (650) 349-4411.

Explaining Cremation to Your Child

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Cremation services are frequently chosen by at-need and pre-need funeral planners. If your child is grieving a deceased loved one and the family has chosen cremation services, your child may have some questions about what this means. As with other topics concerning loss, it's best to let the child guide the conversation. Only share as much information as your child wants, but do encourage him or her to openly express curiosity.

Using language that is appropriate for your child's maturity level, you can explain that cremation is the process of burning a body to reduce it to ashes. Be sure that you emphasize that the decedent is no longer present within the body. Otherwise, a young child may become frightened. Similarly, young children may become confused or frightened with the use of euphemisms, rather than plain, simple language.

You'll find respectful cremation services in San Mateo at Skylawn Memorial Park. When you're ready to arrange a funeral, you can call us at (650) 349-4411.

Traditional Hindu Funeral Customs

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Cremation services are an essential part of many Hindu burials.In the Hindu faith, it is believed that the deceased person will be reincarnated after death. The burning of the deceased is often performed by family members. Mourners wear the color white to show their respect for the dead.

If you are planning cremation services for a Hindu burial, you should get in contact with Skylawn Memorial Park. Our crematorium in San Mateo accommodates all denominations, and we will make sure that your funeral planning is performed according to your faith. Give us a call at (650) 349-4411 to learn more about our cremation services.

Which Faiths Allow Cremation?

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Cremation is a common practice for people of many faiths. While some religions allow their followers to perform cremation services, others explicitly forbid the practice. Both Buddhism and Hinduism allow bodies to be cremated. Followers of the Hindu faith are actually mandated to have their bodies cremated, as this is an essential step in the burial process. Other religions, such as Catholicism and the Greek Orthodox, have historically forbid cremation in any form. Persons who follow these religions must ensure that their bodies are buried after death. Certain religions, such as Christianity, do not take a firm stance for or against the practice of cremation.

No matter what your faith mandates about cremation or burial services, Skylawn Memorial Park can accommodate your wishes. We can help you pre-plan a funeral with the burial practices of your religion in mind. For more information about cremation services in San Mateo, call us at (650) 349-4411.

Green Burials: What Pre-Planners Need to Know

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When you choose to pre-plan your own funeral, you will have the ability to make sure that your burial is in accordance with your wishes. As you are reviewing your burial options, you might want to consider the advantages of a green burial. Green burials have become increasingly popular for people who are concerned about protecting about the environment. Let's take a look at what you need to know about planning a green burial.

Clarify Your Intentions
A green burial is a type of burial that has a minimal impact on the environment. As you are pre-planning your green burial, it is essential to identify which aspects of environmental protection are most important to you for your burial. You can choose to focus on using fewer natural resources, or you may want to ask to be buried in a way that conserves natural habitat for wildlife.

Consider Your Burial Container
During a green burial, materials other than conventional caskets or urns may be used to house a person's remains. Your funeral provider can offer you a list of options for your burial container. If minimizing environmental impact is important for your wishes, you may want to choose a burial container that is biodegradable.

Select a Grave Marker
Depending on the regulations of your funeral park, you may have the option of selecting environmentally friendly materials for your grave marker. During certain green burials, the grave is marked by a special tree or flower. You may also consider having your name engraved on a natural rock or stone.

For additional information about burial services near San Mateo, get in touch with Skylawn Memorial Park. Our memorial park offers green burial services to our patrons, and we will work closely with you while you pre-plan a funeral in accordance with your wishes. To speak with a member of our team about the different options that are available at our park, give us a call at (650) 349-4411.

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