• Choosing Flowers for Memorial Arrangements

    white and red roses

    When planning a funeral, you want all the details to be just right, including the floral arrangements. But without knowing the meaning behind certain flowers and types of arrangements, it can be difficult to know just what type of flowers to choose. Keep reading to learn more about choosing the best, most appropriate flowers for memorial arrangements:

    Religious Faith

    If you are planning a Christian funeral, the selection of flowers you choose will most likely not be narrowed down by any religious funeral traditions. Flowers of all types and colors have been used to remember the lives of Christians after they have passed. In many East Asian religious traditions, white lilies are the standard for floral arrangements at funerals. Jews of certain orientations, Sikhs, and those affiliated with several other religions do not use flowers to commemorate the dead.


    To further narrow down the selection of flowers you are choosing from, consider the age of the person you have lost. If he or she was elderly, you may want to choose classic colors, such as white or red, and arrange them in a traditional manner. A floral arrangement in the shape of a pillow represents wishes for peaceful eternal rest and a heart-shaped arrangement is a great way to signify your love for the deceased. For a young person, it may be more appropriate to have the flowers arranged in the shape of a teddy bear, a cartoon character, or a favorite bear.


    Before making your decision, reflect on the personality of the person whose memorial arrangement you are selecting. Was he or she a traditionalist or a trendsetter? If your loved one lived his or her life serving others, you may even want to consider donating the money you would otherwise spend on a floral arrangement and request that guests make charitable donations rather than gift flowers as well.

    Are you looking for a San Mateo funeral home with a reputation for care and dedication to help you plan your loved one’s funeral and memorial service? At Skylawn Memorial Park, we can help you with every step, including floral arrangement referrals. To speak with a caring and compassionate member of our team, call (650) 349-4411.

  • Visit These Resources Related To Our Recent Blog Posts!

    Saying Goodbye

    Have you found our recent blog posts to be helpful and informative? If you are looking to learn more about the decisions you will have to make when planning a loved one’s cremation or are seeking further advice on helping a young child cope with the death of a family member, the following resources may be of assistance:

    • Are you planning to spread the ashes of your loved one over one of his or her favorite natural settings? If so, check this online booklet to ensure that you comply with California state law.
    • Do you have a preschool-aged child? The UC Davis Cancer Center offers tips for helping young children understand death, its permanence, and is causes.

    For more information or for assistance in planning the funeral of a loved one, call San Mateo and East Bay’s Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411. Our caring staff is available to take your call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

  • 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.

  • Considerations to Make When Choosing Cremation

    Funeral Urn with Rose

    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.


    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.

  • Happy Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year 2012

    Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Skylawn!