One of the greatest decisions that an individual must make regarding the end of his or her life is the choice between burial and cremation. There are many arguments that can be made for either option, and decisions are often made based on one’s religious or philosophical views, as well as his or her financial options. If you are uncertain as to how you would like your remains to be handled, take a look at the following information.
Perhaps the most significant factor in the cremation or burial decision is cost. Cremation is much less expensive than traditional burial, so it is a good option for those who want to reduce the financial burden of end-of-life services for their surviving relatives.
Aside from being more affordable, cremation is also kinder to the environment in several ways. Cremation does not use the raw materials that the construction of caskets does, and also reduces the need for cemetery land. For some people, however, cremation is simply not an option.
Many religions favor, or even require, intact burial, along with associated rites and ceremonies. Every person must weigh his or her spiritual beliefs alongside other personal factors when making end-of-life plans. If your religion favors one option, such as burial, you and your family may feel much more comfortable incorporating it into your funeral proceedings.
There are also reasons beyond religion for the preference of a traditional burial. Some individuals, for the sake of tradition, prefer the idea of resting permanently in one place with a clearly marked memorial. Others have an emotional tie to a particular location, and would like for that connection to continue after death.
Whether you wish to be buried or cremated upon your passing, Skylawn Memorial Park will be here to help your loved ones through the process. To find out more about our comprehensive funeral services, contact us online or at (650) 349-4411.
Funerals are often confusing and emotional events for all involved, but they present a unique challenge for those attending in support of the bereaved. When attending the funeral of a close relative or loved one, you will behave as your emotions lead you to—and this is entirely appropriate. However, how you should behave when attending a funeral when the loss is not quite so personal can be a difficult matter. Here is a brief guide to proper funeral etiquette when attending to support others:
Follow the tone of the service Different cultures—and even different families—have different ways of dealing with death and funeral proceedings. Whatever preconceived notions you may have about funerals, you should try to set them aside and support your grieving friends and loved ones in the way that best suits them. Do not dwell on sorrow and grief if the service is a joyous celebration of life, and do not try too hard to be cheerful if the mood is more somber. It is perfectly acceptable to ask about the details of the funeral beforehand so that you will know how to dress and what to expect.
Pay respects honestly In most cases, it is polite to address grieving family members at the appropriate time and express your condolences, even if you were not closely affected by the loss. Do not feel the need to claim a closer relationship to the departed than is truthful; the family will appreciate your sympathies no matter what. Pretending to have known the deceased better than you did may put you in the awkward situation of being asked to share memories and stories.
If you or a close friend is facing the loss of a loved one, you can find support and services at Skylawn Memorial Park. We offer cemetery plots, funeral services, estate planning, veteran’s honors, and other end-of-life services to families and individuals in the San Mateo area. For more information, call (650) 349-4411.
Attending the funeral of a close friend or relative can be a difficult experience. If you are fortunate enough to experience funerals as a rarity, you may be uncertain of how you should act at one.
This video offers a few tips on how to prepare for and behave at a funeral. The host suggests making an effort to be polite, wearing the appropriate—often black—attire, and bringing some sort of token of respect or condolence so that you can feel more involved in the process. Watch this entire clip for more information.
If you need help planning a funeral or other end-of-life service, call Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo at (650) 349-4411. We offer a variety of services to help you and your loved ones through your time of loss.
Our recent articles have offered information to help you plan a funeral or attend one in support of a grieving friend or loved one. If you would like to learn more about these subjects, take a look at the resources provided below.
- Explore this guide to learn more about the making decision between cremation and burial.
- If you are unsure of how to dress and act at an upcoming funeral, take a look at this resource from Legacy.com.
- Many young people have very limited experience with funeral etiquette. For advice on how to be supportive and respectful at a funeral, read this guide to funeral etiquette.
- Dressing for a funeral is harder than one might expect, especially for a woman. For help finding appropriate funeral attire, read this Jezebel article.
- There are certain burial and memorial benefits reserved for America’s veterans. Learn more with this page from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more funeral planning information, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411.
Funeral planning and dealing with grief can feel overwhelming, but help is at hand. Browse these links to learn more about coping during this trying time.
- Dealing with grief doesn’t happen overnight. Learn more about the five stages of grief in this article from PsychCentral.com.
- Is it grief or depression? Find out when to seek help for your grief from HelpGuide.org.
- Are there rules when it comes to choosing funeral flowers? Get advice on picking funeral flower arrangements from 800florals.com.
- What are the first things you should do after a loved one passes? This funeral planning checklist from Funeral Planning 101 details the first steps you should take.
- Was your loved one a member of the military? Learn about military funeral honors from Military.com.
Call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411 for help with funeral plans. Our professional, caring staff is here to see you through every step of the process, and our on-site grief support services are always available to you.
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