• What Should You Do if You Can’t Attend a Funeral?

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    Paying your respects in person is an important gesture of support and solidarity to the grieving family, even if you didn’t know the decedent well. But your schedule won’t always cooperate with unexpected events, and there are other ways to show that you care if you can’t attend the funeral ceremony. Order a sympathy arrangement from a florist, and have it delivered to the funeral home, place of worship, or the family’s home. Write a brief note to accompany the arrangement.

    In addition to sending flowers, you can send a condolence card to the family, sign an online guestbook, or make a charitable donation in the name of the decedent. When you are able to make room in your schedule, prepare a homemade dish to take to the family’s home. Don’t plan on a long visit, unless you know the family well, as they will need privacy as they begin to finalize the details of their loved one’s estate.

    Skylawn Memorial Park offers respectful and dignified funeral ceremonies near San Mateo to honor your loved one’s life. Call (650) 349-4411 if you have any questions for our funeral home staff.

  • Discover the History of Skylawn Memorial Park

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    When a loved one passes away, a person’s thoughts naturally turn toward family history, traditions, and legacies. At Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, we understand the importance of respecting one’s roots and family traditions. Our funeral home and memorial park have been privileged to serve the community for decades. Saying a final goodbye is never easy, but it can be comforting to know that you’ve transferred the care of your loved one into the capable hands of our staff.

    Our Memorial Park
    Skylawn Memorial Park opened in 1959, at which time our grounds covered more than 134 acres. The accomplished landscape architects, French and Jones of San Francisco, contributed their graceful touch to our design. Since our opening, our memorial park has expanded to more than 500 acres of wide open spaces and serene gardens. We’re bordered by a wildlife preserve, which means the view from your loved one’s resting place will remain untouched.

    Our Funeral Home
    We are a non-sectarian funeral home, and are privileged to provide respectful services to families of all faiths, cultures, and walks of life. Families are welcome to pause for quiet reflection in our two chapels. Our visitation rooms are comfortable and spacious, and we offer the use of our reception room. It overlooks a serene rock garden and waterfall. Throughout our many years of service, Skylawn Memorial Park has made some improvements to better meet the needs of modern families. Our funeral home features full audiovisual capabilities, which allow families to design meaningful, digital tributes to their loved ones.

    Our Team
    Our staff has changed over the years, but our commitment to quality, compassionate care hasn’t wavered. We’re proud of the trusting relationships we’ve built with the community we serve. The funeral home staff is committed to respecting the wishes of every family, and to helping families design funeral services that serve as a loving tribute to the decedent.

    Skylawn Memorial Park welcomes families to come visit us any time. Experience the beauty of our memorial park in San Mateo, and talk with our friendly, caring staff members. When you’re ready to arrange a funeral, you can reach us at (650) 349-4411.

  • Advice for Helping Your Grieving Spouse

    For some people, comforting others comes naturally, while others struggle to find the right words. If you belong to the latter category, you can rest assured that there’s no need to fill every minute with conversation. Your spouse will take comfort in your presence. Be at his or her side at the funeral service and reception. Take some time off work and spend time sitting with your spouse, or doing a quiet activity together, such as gardening or playing cards.

    The mental health counselor featured in this video explains why it’s important not to force your spouse to talk. Your presence is enough, and your spouse will appreciate not feeling pressured to talk before he or she is ready.

    At Skylawn Memorial Park, our funeral planning professionals in San Mateo extend our deepest sympathies to your family during this difficult time. We invite you to call our funeral home at (650) 349-4411 to discuss funeral, burial, or cremation options.

  • Funeral Pre-Planning and Pre-Payments: Understanding Your Options

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    When it comes to preparing for the future, a prearranged funeral service offers many advantages. If you’re interested in this method of planning ahead, then continue reading to learn about your pre-planning and pre-payment options.

    Securing Your Wishes
    Because many people dislike thinking about their own passing, they fail to put their preferences in writing. Not only does this leave the surviving family with a lot of guesswork, but it also means that no one may realize, for example, that the deceased wanted to be cremated instead of buried. Funeral pre-planning helps ensure that your wishes are known and allows you to state which options you would like for your funeral and burial.

    Reducing Funeral Costs
    Another important fact to know about funeral pre-planning is that this option can make your funeral more affordable. If you choose to pre-plan your funeral service and begin making payments now, you may be able to lock in today’s prices and save on the total costs of your funeral and burial. In addition to this, taking care of the finances associated with holding a funeral can remove the burden of doing so from your family after you’re gone.

    Personalizing Your Service
    As stated, choosing to pre-plan a funeral can potentially reduce overall costs by locking in current pricing. However, if you have been putting off pre-planning your funeral because of expenses, then it’s important to realize that you don’t have to pre-pay to pre-plan. Pre-planning without paying in advance still offers benefits and helps ensure that your wishes will be followed upon your passing.

    Planning Your Estate
    Most people have an estate that should be factored in during the funeral pre-planning process. Unfortunately, accidents or illness can strike at any time, so it’s important to consider which individuals or organizations you want your belongings, wealth, and property to go to. For this reason, considering your estate planning options while pre-planning your funeral can be a wise decision.

    If you would like to pre-plan a funeral in San Mateo, then please contact Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411 for information about our services and location.

  • Questions to Ask When You Are Planning a Funeral

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    The shock of a loved one’s sudden passing can have a numbing, surreal effect. You’ll need to go to the funeral home for the arrangement conference fairly soon after the death, and it’s unlikely that you’ll be thinking clearly at this time. Take a family member with you. If possible, have a non-family member drive, as it might not be safe for you to do so just yet. You can use the time in the car to write down a list of your questions about the funeral planning process.

    What information and documents do I need?
    One of your first questions should be asked while on the phone with the funeral home director, before you leave for the conference. The funeral director will need some basic information and perhaps a few documents. These may include:

    • The hospice’s or doctor’s contact information
    • Name of the next of kin
    • Decedent’s full name, birthday, and Social Security number
    • Veteran information/discharge papers
    • Photographs of the decedent
    • Personal items

    The personal items include burial clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, dentures, jewelry, and remembrance items, assuming that your loved one will have a visitation or burial. You may wish to meet with the funeral director first, and have these items sent over later on.

    Did my loved one have a pre-need funeral plan?
    Some families use the same memorial park for decades, preferring to be memorialized or buried together. Your loved one may have already made a pre-need plan with that facility. The funeral director can find this information for you.

    Can my loved one receive military honors?
    If your loved one was killed in the line of duty, or he or she was honorably discharged or separated from the military, he or she is entitled to receive military honors at the funeral. The director will give you all the information you need regarding the military rites and death benefits.

    Skylawn Memorial Park understands that after a sudden loss, it’s difficult to plan a funeral for a loved one in San Mateo. We’re here to guide you through the process—from making big decisions regarding cremation or burial, to the smaller touches that make the ceremony truly reflective of your loved one’s personality. Call us at (650) 349-4411 and let us serve your family during this difficult time.