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.


What is a Green Burial?

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As environmental sustainability becomes an increasingly important issue around the world, the harmful effects of many modern burial practices are being avoided by many eco-friendly individuals. In some green circles, an assumption has emerged that the only environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional burial is cremation—yet this is not the case. Read this article to discover how your desire to be buried after you have left this earth and your desire to preserve the earth can both be accommodated.

Green Burial Basics

In a green burial, all aspects of a traditional burial that are harmful to the environment are avoided. Embalming fluid, a carcinogen which leaks into the soil and kills billions of microorganisms a year, is avoided. The body is encased in a biodegradable casket or wrapped in a natural fiber shroud. An individual can even choose to be wrapped in a favorite blanket or cloth tapestry. Concrete vaults, the creation of which consumes a great deal of energy and emits carbon dioxide, are nowhere to be found in green cemeteries.

Benefits of a Green Burial

When you opt for a green burial, you can better reconnect with the earth while knowing that you are helping to preserve it, even after life ends. You and your loved ones are relieved of any guilt associated with harming the environment in the planning of your funeral.

Just a few decades ago, planning a green burial would have been extremely difficult. Yet thanks to the efforts of environmentally conscious funeral planning services, a green burial is now an accessible, viable alternative to a traditional burial.

If are looking to pre-plan a green burial for yourself or carry out an environmentally friendly funeral for a loved one, then speak with a Skylawn Memorial Park funeral director. The pristine and picturesque environment of our San Mateo memorial park, dressed with local foliage and overlooking the San Francisco Bay, is the ideal place for a lover of the earth to return to the soil. Call (650) 349-4411 to find out more about the environmentally friendly funeral services our multicultural, multilingual staff can provide.

What to Expect During the Grieving Process

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As humans, we are not used to thinking about what life will be like without a parent, a child, a lover, or a friend. When someone close to us leaves this earth, we are overcome by an array of emotions during the grieving process, ranging from shock to devastation.

This article addresses some common elements of grief that are not unique to any one culture and that anyone who is coping with the death of a loved one may expect to experience.

Strong and Uncontrollable Emotions
After a loved one dies, your first reaction may be one of shock and disbelief. You may even be in a state of temporary denial. These emotions often give way to feelings of guilt, anger, depression, and even hostility. It is normal for these feelings to pervade every aspect of one’s life for several days, weeks, or even months before reflection and resolution give way to acceptance and hope.

Detachment from the World
It is common for people who are grieving to feel that nobody could understand what they are going through. Because grieving the loss of a loved one is such a personal experience, this belief can be justified. However, family and friends can provide solace and empathy in your time of need, and grief counseling services can also help you to cope with your loss.

Lack of Motivation
In the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s loss, you may feel no desire to accomplish anything. Yet, it is important and necessary to take care of yourself, notify family members and friends of the death, have an obituary written, plan a funeral, and make burial or cremation arrangements.

If you are coping with the loss of a loved one while making end-of-life service arrangements in San Mateo, turn to Skylawn Memorial Park. Staffed by a multilingual team of compassionate individuals, we can help you make the necessary funeral preparations. Call (650) 349-4411 for more information or to speak with a funeral director.

Funeral Advice - Android App

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In the wake of a loved one’s loss, it can be difficult to concentrate on anything. Still, it is during this time that close relatives of a loved one must muster up the energy and motivation to plan a funeral.

The helpful Funeral Advice app can make the funeral planning process less stressful by providing grieving individuals with a step-by-step guide for laying a loved one to rest. Download this app for free professional advice, written by experienced funeral home directors, that will help you cope with your loss and plan the funeral your loved one would have wanted.

Are you looking for an idyllic San Mateo setting in which to lay your loved one to rest? If so, then call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411 to speak with an experienced and compassionate member of our staff.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Skylawn Memorial Park!!

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