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If you or a family member is suffering from grief, then you may find these resources helpful. You can also learn more about the history and evolution of the gravestone from these informative online articles. If you’re in need of service planning, then contact Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411.

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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.

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