Located at the top of Montara Montain Range with sweeping Pacific Ocean Views, Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park offers a wide variety of cremation and burial options, and a multilingual staff for your convenience.

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Ching Ming Festival

Each spring, as the flowers are in bloom and greenery returns to lawns, millions of Chinese families around the world take the time to honor their deceased ancestors by bringing their offerings and tending to the graves of their loved ones. To find out how this festival is celebrated in the bustling city-state of Singapore, check out this video clip.

Are you a San Mateo or East Bay resident of Chinese descent looking for a suitable resting place for your loved one’s remains? At Skylawn, our multilingual staff can help you through every step of the process in Cantonese, Mandarin, or English. Call (650) 349-4411 to find out more about our Mausoleum in the Sky, where you and your family can celebrate Ching Ming every year in a tranquil setting with views of the park, the mountains, and the Pacific Ocean.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2012

Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Skylawn!

Considerations to Make When Choosing Cremation

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Deciding between cremation and a full burial is a decision most people expect to have to make when planning the funeral of a loved one. What many do not anticipate, however, are the accompanying decisions that must be made before and after cremation takes place. To help make the process of planning your loved one’s cremation a little less stressful, this article addresses the major decisions to consider.

Viewing

Did you know that you can still hold a viewing for your loved one even if his or her body is to be cremated? If this is an option that interests you, inform your funeral home director at the beginning of the funeral planning process. Preparations will have to be made in a timely manner in order for the viewing to take place while the body is still presentable.

Scattering of Ashes

In Northern California, there are few restrictions on the scattering of ashes. If your loved one did not request that his or her ashes be scattered in a specific location, think about natural settings that he or she was particularly fond of. Popular options include a favorite body of water, a country estate, a hiking trail, or a home garden. After you have come up with a list of places that you feel are worthy of your loved one’s ashes, consult a funeral director to make sure that you are in compliance with San Mateo area regulations. You may also opt to store the ashes in a memorial park or in an urn in your home.

Storage of Cremated Remains

Some families choose to retain some or all of a loved one’s cremated remains in an urn or another appropriate storage vessel. This urn can be kept in your home—many families choose to store it on a fireplace mantel or in a display case—or in a niche at a scenic mausoleum that you and others can visit periodically to honor the memory of the deceased.

Are you looking for a full-service funeral home in San Mateo serving the East Bay area where you can hold a visitation and memorial for your loved one? If so, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411 to speak with a caring and compassionate member of our multilingual staff.

Understanding How Children React to Loss

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Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult for individuals of all ages. For young children, who are still in the process of conceptualizing what it means to be alive, the grief process can be different than it is for most adults. Here are some tips and advice on helping your children cope with the loss of a loved one, and ensuring that they know you are there.

Explain loss in an age-appropriate manner

Informing your child that he or she will no longer be seeing a grandparent, a parent, or another loved one is extremely difficult, especially when you are coping with the loss yourself. It is important to think about your child’s age and development when determining how to explain a loved one’s loss. Avoid using euphemisms, even if your child’s capacity to understand losing someone is limited. Be honest with your child, but do not overwhelm him or her with information.

Make yourself accessible

When children grieve, they tend to do so in bursts. After explaining the loss of a loved one to your child, tell him or her that you will be available to talk about the loss and answer any questions whenever your child has them. This may be difficult for you, but it is important for your child’s well-being. You can also speak with your funeral home director about grief support options that may be helpful for your child.

Be patient and understanding

Think back to when you were young. Did you experience the loss of a parent, a grandparent, a friend, or even a pet before you grasped the permanence of losing that loved one and the changes that take place in the lives of those who remain? By understanding how your childhood deals with such situations, you can approach the grieving children in your life with empathy and support.

Planning a funeral can be emotionally trying and time-consuming. To ensure that you are able to provide your child with the support he or she needs during this difficult time, work with a funeral home that offers a full range of on- and off-site professional services. The multilingual staff at Skylawn in San Mateo and the East Bay area are available for phone consultations 24/7 at (650) 349-4411.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2012

Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Skylawn!

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