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If you would like to learn more about the advantages of pre-arranging your funeral or you are curious about what to expect during the grief process, these resources may be of assistance.

  • Read about the typical signs, symptoms, and stages of grief at MedicineNet.com.
  • Learn more about how pre-planning your funeral can alleviate the stress experienced by your loved ones by reading this publication from the Utah State University.
  • Did you know that pre-planning a funeral tends to be far less expensive than having one planned for you following your death? Find out more with the help of this news article.
  • Read this article from the Traverse City Record Eagle to learn more about the process of pre-planning a funeral.

For more information or to start pre-arranging your funeral, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411.

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The Physical Effects of Mourning a Loved One

Coping with Death

Coping with the loss of a loved one is an extremely difficult process. Because the intensity of grief and the way it manifests itself varies greatly from person to person, it is difficult to prepare for the mourning you will experience while planning a funeral and grieving. Yet if you are aware of some of the common physical effects that are experienced during the mourning process, you can better care for yourself in this time of need.

Exhaustion and Fatigue

People who are grieving may experience feelings of utter exhaustion throughout the days and nights following a loved one’s passing. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including the intense emotional toll of grief. While in mourning, remember to eat well, stay active, and get plenty of rest.


People often report experiencing insomnia while in mourning. It is not uncommon to get into bed and feel consumed by thoughts of your loved one, or to experience feelings of helplessness, despair, or anxiety. Yet if your symptoms of sleeplessness last for more than a few days, make time to see a doctor.

Physical Pain

Aches and pains plague nearly all grievers. It may be helpful to try to stretch your body throughout the day. A professional massage can also be a useful way to reduce pain and relieve stress while mourning.

Change in Eating Habits

Undereating and overeating are two common ways of dealing with grief. Some mourners become so busy and stressed out that they forget to eat. When grieving parties do remember to eat, they may binge-eat and ignore nutritional value when making food selections.


Often stress-induced, headaches and migraines are two common symptoms of mourning. If you do not have a history of headaches, try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, but see a doctor if your head pain lasts more than a week.

For a funeral home in San Mateo that can handle funeral, burial, or crematory needs, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411. In addition to providing grief support services, we provide support as well as create a stress-free funeral planning process.

How Pre-Arrangements Can Ease Your Family's Grief


Making advance funeral arrangements has become increasingly popular over the last several years. As individuals and their families continue to realize the extent of the advantages to pre-arranging a funeral, this practice only continues to grow. Check out this article to find out how making funeral pre-arrangements can ease your family’s grief while ensuring that your funeral is conducted exactly as you would like it to be.

Reduce On-the-Spot Decisions

Following the death of a loved one, most people feel unequipped to make important decisions—yet planning a funeral requires many heavy choices. By arranging your funeral in advance, you can greatly reduce the amount of difficult decision-making that your family will be faced with as they grieve and cope with their loss.

Prevent Stress

The time after a loved one’s passing tends to evoke strong emotions in those who are grieving. The stress that comes with planning a funeral can exacerbate these feelings and make the grieving process even more difficult than it already is. Help your family focus on the important task of remembering and celebrating your life by taking funeral details out of their hands.

Eliminate Uncertainty

When you die, your family will want to ensure that your wishes are carried out—but the specific details of how you would like to be laid to rest may not be an open topic of discussion with loved ones. By making funeral pre-arrangements, your family will not have to guess whether you would prefer to be buried or cremated, or where you would like your body to rest.

Relieve Financial Burden

Another way you can make life after your death more bearable for your loved ones is to pre-pay for your funeral while you are planning it. Many funeral homes allow you to finance as much or as little of your funeral as you would like in advance, so do not feel pressured to pay for all of it if you cannot afford it at the time. Remember, any amount that you can cover will ease your family’s financial burden.

If you are looking to pre-arrange your funeral in the San Mateo area, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411. We can provide all the information and answers you are looking for.

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Have you found our recent blog posts to be helpful or encouraging? If you are looking to find out more about what you can expect to experience while grieving the loss of a loved one or if you would like to learn more about the green burial process, then explore the following resources:

  • Visit The-Bright-Side.org for an overview of the seven stages of grief that many individuals experience after the loss of a loved one.
  • Read this BuildingGreen.com article to educate yourself on the environmental impact of mixing and laying concrete for structures such as vaults.

For more information, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411 or visit our website today.

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