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How to Support a Loved One Who Has Experienced a Recent Loss

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The passing of a loved one can have a dramatic effect on the family and close friends, and it is important to be there for them in their time of need. Here are a few ways you can support a loved one who has experienced a recent loss:

Offer Support
Support the grieving by helping them in any way you can. Offer to cook dinner, go shopping, or take care of housework for the family. These acts of kindness can go a long way. Even if the family refuses the extra assistance at first, it may be best to simply perform the task without asking.  

Be Genuine
Be authentic in your condolences. If you can’t think of much to say, then silence may be all that is necessary. Sometimes, your presence is all a loved one needs to feel comforted. Be accepting and understanding of the grieving process. Some individuals may need to cry or get angry in order to express their emotions. Everyone will grieve differently. Let the individual know that it is okay to express his or her most heartfelt emotions without the worry of criticism or judgment.

Be Willing to Talk About It
One of the most helpful ways to deal with difficult emotions is to discuss them, so allow the bereaved that opportunity. Be there for them. Provide a shoulder to cry on and open up your ears to truly listen. Retelling the stories and fondest memories of a recently lost loved one is a healthy road to acceptance.

To truly help those who are grieving, you can also offer to help with the funeral arrangements. Enlist the assistance of a first-rate funeral home, cremation, and burial service for your loved one. If you are searching for quality funeral services, then contact Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, California. Our staff will respond to your needs with compassion and care. Contact us today at (650) 349-4411.

The Evolution of the Gravestone and Burial Sites

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A gravestone serves as a sacred memorial to the deceased. Archaeologists have uncovered the burial grounds and gravestones of nearly every great civilization, from the Mayans to the Egyptians. Western concepts and traditions associated with the funeral and monument markers have evolved over time.

Materials
Over time, countless materials have been used to create gravestones. Slate, sandstone, limestone, marble, concrete, metal, and even wood were common for many years before granite became the most reliable option in the 19th century. Granite is the most popular material choice today for gravestones because of its durability and slow deterioration.

Terminology
Today, the terms gravestone, tombstone, headstone, grave marker, grave monument, and grave memorial all carry the same relative meaning. Historically, a tombstone or a headstone specifically referred to the stone lid of a coffin. The gravestone was the term used for the marker of the burial location. Today, these terms are virtually synonymous in terms of significance and meaning.

Methodology
At one time, it was customary to bury deceased family members near the home or in the churchyard. Over time, the idea of creating a tranquil public place to bury and remember the deceased developed and, in turn, led to the creation of modern-day cemeteries. Cremation became common in the 20th century, allowing the survived to scatter a loved one’s ashes in a place that he or she particularly enjoyed. The memorial marker for someone who has been cremated is a memorial urn, which may also contain ashes.

Perhaps the most important component of a gravestone memorial is the environment that surrounds it. For a beautiful and tranquil burial setting, contact Skylawn Memorial Park of San Mateo. We know funeral ceremonies can be difficult, so let our experienced staff help you and your family through every step, including funeral, burial, or cremation arrangements and much more. Give us a call at (650) 349-4411 today.

Tips for Choosing Appropriate Funeral Attire

When a loved one passes, the prospect of a funeral may seem emotionally overwhelming. However, attending the funeral may be a way to help you cope with your loss and facilitate grieving. The funeral ceremony gives you a chance to express your emotions and begin the process of acceptance.

In this short video from howcast.com,  you will learn how to dress appropriately for any funeral you may attend. The clip guides viewers through a step-by-step process for selecting an acceptable outfit for funeral proceedings. This video can be very helpful, especially if you are unclear about funeral services for different cultures or situations.

Funerals are for celebrating and commemorating the life of your loved one.  For quality services, contact the professionals at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo. Our compassionate staff is experienced in funeral, burial, and cremation services for many traditions and cultures. Contact us today at (650) 349-4411.

Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics

If you are looking for support during the grieving process or would like to learn more about different funeral traditions, then consider these helpful resources. If you would like to contact our supportive, compassionate staff, please call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411, or contact us online.

  • Along with mental pain, grief can cause physical ailments—take a look at what Everydayhealth.com has to say about grief and how you can deal with it.
  • If you are looking for more tips on dealing with grief, then visit the National Institute of Health online.
  • If you would like to learn about the history of Dios De Los Muertos, then explore this interesting history lesson.
  • Visit The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for a guide to Jewish funeral practices.
  • For more information about Ching Ming, visit the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project’s website.

Resources for Dealing with Grief

Together, Dealing with Grief

After recently losing a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you may not know where to turn. After the burial or cremation service, you will need to find healthy ways to process grief and eventually find a sense of closure. Grief is a natural reaction to loss, but coping isn’t always easy. Consider these valuable resources:

1.   Friends and Family
During the grieving process, it helps many individuals to talk about their feelings and thoughts. You may want to contact caring friends or family members who were also affected by the loss. Although everyone expresses grief differently and your friends may be unable to understand the full impact of your loss, they can still provide excellent support.

2.   Support Groups
While dealing with grief, you may find comfort with those who are in a similar situation. Support groups can be very helpful—not only do they help you deal with grief, but also provide an opportunity for some much-needed socializing.

3.   Reading and Writing
At times, it can be tough to talk about your situation, even to family and friends. When dealing with grief alone, try writing your thoughts down. Expressing yourself in this simple way can help you release feelings of tension or anxiety. There are also many books, articles, and websites where you can read thoughts from others who are also coping with grief.

4.   Professionals
Therapists, psychologists, and grief counselors are excellent resources for dealing with grief. As outlets for expression, professionals may also help you cope with your loss. Additionally, professionals are experienced in helping people with grief and can offer valuable advice.

Located in San Mateo, Skylawn Memorial Park offers much more than just funeral, cremation, and burial services. If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, our compassionate staff can suggest local services like pain management or even massage therapy. For more information, visit our website or contact us at (650) 349-4411.

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