Skylawn Funeral Home Helps You Understand Memorial Service Vocabulary

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Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard, and navigating the complex process of planning a memorial service can be confusing and overwhelming. Understanding some common terms will help you know how to ask for what you want in a service:
  • Columbarium
    Cremated remains can be stored in these structures, which are usually vertically oriented grids that can be found either inside or outside.
  • Committal Service
    This ceremony takes place at the gravesite, generally following a funeral service in another location.
  • Crypt
    A chamber or vault space, typically made of concrete, which is designed to hold remains in a mausoleum. 
  • Entombment
    The process of placing remains in a crypt or mausoleum.
  • Interment
    The ritual of burial, or placement of remains in a resting place.
  • Inurnment
    The process in which cremated remains, stored in an urn, are placed into a columbarium or similar space.
  • Mausoleum
    A building used as an interment space, intended for either public or private use.
  • Memorial
    An object or structure representing or paying tribute to the deceased.
  • Niche
    A structure containing cremated remains or permanently memorializing the deceased.
  • Outer Burial Container
    A structure or container which surrounds a casket. This may be referred to as a grave box or liner.
  • Professional Service Fee
    The fee charged by the cemetery for services related to interment, legal and administrative work, and other costs. 
  • Urn
    A vessel in which cremated remains are stored. These come in a variety of elegant materials and shapes.
Understanding this terminology may make the funeral process run more smoothly. To learn more about holding burial, cremation, or memorial services in San Mateo, CA, contact Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411. Our professional, multilingual staff will help you through the entire process, from advanced planning through cremation or burial services.

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