• What Should Be Included in an Obituary?


    Serving both as a tribute to the deceased and a notification to the community of the deceased’s death, an obituary is an important part of the funeral planning process. Not all obituaries are written in the same format, and people have a bit of leeway when deciding what to include in a loved one’s obituary. The following details, however, should be included in every obituary:

    Death Announcement An obituary typically begins with information about the deceased at the time of his or her death. The date of death, age and place of residence at the time of death, and sometimes the cause of death are included in the death announcement.

    Biographical Information Most obituaries also include a brief biography of the deceased. This biography should include the date and place of birth, as well as the cities in which the deceased spent most of his or her life. Educational and career highlights are optional, as is any other personal information that a family wishes to include.

    Names of Surviving Relatives The names and relations of immediate surviving relatives are also typically included in an obituary. When someone is survived by several people of one relation—seventeen grandsons, for example—it is acceptable to write that the deceased is survived by that number of relatives, rather than naming each of them.

    Information about Services If you are holding any public funeral or memorial services for your loved one, it is essential that you include the dates, times, and locations of these services. Your loved one’s obituary is likely to be the most widely circulated funeral announcement, and people you may not think to send individual announcements to can find out how they can pay their respects by reading your obituary.

    If you are a resident of the San Mateo area who is looking for a funeral service provider who can offer obituary writing assistance and publish an obituary on its website, Skylawn Memorial Park has the staff and the resources to help you. To speak with a caring and dedicated member of our multilingual funeral planning staff, call (650) 349-4411.

  • Deciding Between In-Ground Burial and Above-Ground Entombment for Your Loved One

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    Choosing a final resting place for your loved one is a major decision, and choosing a cemetery or memorial park is just one step in the process. If you are unsure about whether you would prefer to bury your loved one underground or intern his or her remains in an above-ground columbarium or private mausoleum, learn about the entombment options available from nearby funeral homes so that you can make an informed decision.

    In-Ground Burial

    • Traditional Burial This method of burial has been practiced in the United States for centuries, and is still the burial method of choice for most families. A body is interned in a casket, which is lowered into an excavated space large enough for just that casket. A grave marker with birth and death information, as well as a brief epitaph, is placed above ground to memorialize the burial plot.
    • Lawn Crypts Because of the burial chamber design, a lawn crypt can be described as an underground mausoleum. Lawn crypt burials can generally be less expensive than traditional burials without sacrificing many of the benefits. If you choose this option, your loved one’s body will still be interned in an individual casket, and an above-ground grave marker will indicate where he or she has been laid to rest.

    Above-Ground Entombment

    • Private Mausoleum Private mausoleums are generally purchased by families who wish to keep their physical remains in close proximity to one another after death. They are appropriate for both casket and urn storage, and offer families flexibility in design.
    • Mausoleum in the Sky Skylawn Memorial Park’s Mausoleum in the Sky is a two-story structure featuring columbary vaults for urn storage and larger niches in which full caskets can be stored. One of the most noteworthy advantages of choosing this option is the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean that span the length of the mausoleum.

    At Skylawn Memorial Park, we offer a scenic location and have a fully multilingual staff that caters to the religious and cultural needs of any family who needs help planning a funeral. To learn more about our Mausoleum in the Sky and other entombment options, call (650) 349-4411.

  • Visit These Sites for Advice about Planning a Funeral

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    Planning a funeral involves making several important decisions in a short period of time. If you are looking for some more resources that can help you with some of these decisions, check out the links provided below.

    • For tips on writing an obituary that you will feel comfortable submitting to the local paper, visit ObituaryGuide.com.
    • This Legacy.com article offers specific advice on incorporating the names and relations of family members who survive the deceased into an obituary.
    • If you are having trouble deciding between burial and cremation for yourself or for a loved one, this FuneralWise.com article may help. Regardless of whether you choose burial or cremation, above ground and underground interment options will be available to you.
    • For a definition of “mausoleum” and other funeral terms that you may be unfamiliar with, visit the National Funeral Directors Association website.
    • Sticking to a word or line limit when writing an obituary can be difficult. For tips on what to include in an obituary, read this Yahoo! Voices article.

    To speak with a caring and dedicated multilingual funeral service provider who can help you with every step of the funeral planning process, call Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo at (650) 349-4411.

  • What to Know About Pre-Planning a Funeral

    Pre-planning a funeral offers several benefits to the individual doing the planning, as well as to his or her loved ones. To learn more about pre-planning a funeral and some considerations to make regarding advanced arrangements, watch this brief video clip.

    In the video, Angie Hicks of Angie’s List discusses the topic of paying for one’s funeral in advance. This is a cost-effective option that can save your family from financial and emotional stress.

    One of the advantages of pre-planning a funeral is that you have the time to shop around and choose a funeral home staffed by individuals with whom you feel comfortable. If you are searching for a tranquil entombment setting and funeral service providers who will work with you to make sure all of your funeral wishes are met, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411.