• Understanding the Terms Associated with Funeral Services

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    Funeral services come with their own technical vocabulary that can be difficult to understand, especially when you are both enduring the grieving process and trying to plan a large event. Funeral specific terms can generally be divided into three main categories which can be helpful when planning a funeral.

    1. Types of Ceremonies: Ceremony terminology varies by both the purpose of the ceremony and the cultural and religious customs practiced. Some families may choose the more elaborate route of a visitation or viewing, a last chance for guests to see the deceased and make remarks, followed by a committal service —a service held at the graveside before internment. Others may choose a simpler option like direct cremation, which bypasses any services and leaves internment to the funeral home.
    2. Types of Body Preparation Methods: Some families may choose to embalm, or preserve, a body so that it is possible to hold a delayed viewing and funeral that allows out-of-town friends and family to attend. Others may decide to cremate the body, which involves reducing it to ashes that may be scattered, buried, or kept in an urn.
    3. Types and Parts of Graves: This category offers significantly more variation than the other two. In traditional burials, the body can be interred in a grave using a wooden coffin, or be entombed in a mausoleum or lawn crypt that family members can visit. Cremated remains are often placed in an urn, which can be kept or placed into a niche in a columbarium, which is a structure of small vaults and niches designed to hold many urns.

    Your preferences funeral or burial methods will be discussed during an arrangement conference with a funeral director. He or she will assist your family in remembering your loved one in a way that reflects the deceased’s wishes, as well as your culture and traditions. Skylawn Memorial Park provides San Mateo with sensitive, professional funeral services and assistance, including a 24-hour helpline, chaplains, and social workers. If you have lost a loved one and need help with your next step, call us today at (650) 349-4411.

  • What is a Green Burial?

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    Becoming eco-friendly has developed into a progressively key issue around the world; the damaging effects of many contemporary burial practices are being avoided by many individuals who are “going green.” In some green circles, a theory has emerged that the only environmentally friendly substitute to the traditional burial is cremation—however, this is not the case. Through this article, you will discover how your wish to be buried and your desire to preserve the earth can both be fulfilled.

    The Basics of a Green Burial

    In a green burial, all facets of a traditional burial that are dangerous to the environment are avoided. The use of embalming fluid, which can leak into the soil and kills millions of microorganisms, is eluded. The body is enclosed in a biodegradable casket or wrapped in a natural fiber shroud. If you have a favorite blanket or cloth, the person is more than welcome to choose that option and be wrapped in that instead.

    Advantages of a Green Burial

    When you choose to have a green burial, you can reconnect with the earth and know that you are helping to preserve it for generations to come, even after life ends. You and your loved ones can be confident in knowing that you are helping the environment and sustaining it for many years after your passing.

    Just a few decades ago, the opportunity of planning a green burial was non-existent. However, thanks to the efforts of environmentally cognizant funeral planning services, a green burial is now available as a practical alternative to a traditional burial.

    If are looking to pre-plan a green burial for yourself or 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 your loved one to be laid to rest. Call (650) 349-4411 to find out more about the environmentally friendly funeral services our multicultural, multilingual staff can provide.

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  • Going Through Grieving Process? Stay Strong Through A Loss

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    Funeral planning is never easy, but working with the right funeral home can help make the process simpler. You can also use the following resources to help cope with the loss of a family member or friend. 

    • Lead a discussion with your children about grief and loss using this guide from KidsHealth.org.
    • JewishFederation.org explains traditional funeral customs in this helpful article.

    Call (650) 349-4411 for more information on funeral and cremation services from  Skylawn Memorial Park, located in San Mateo.

  • Dealing with Grief after Death

    After the death of a loved one, it is natural to enter the grieving process while planning the funeral and burial services. This process can be confusing and difficult, especially when those grieving are told that there are time limits and expectations placed on their grief.

    In fact, grieving is a highly individualized process, and there is no correct amount of time or correct way to grieve. A professional counselor, religious officiate, or support group can be an excellent source of solace in this difficult time. Finding an outlet for your grief and your story are important parts of healing. To learn more about coping with grief, watch this short video.

    Skylawn Memorial Park offers professional services, such as chaplains and 24-hour phone consultation, for those who have lost a loved one in the San Mateo area. For help navigating the long and complex grieving process, call us today at (650) 349-4411.