While planning a loved one’s funeral involves critical decision making during a stressful time, this process can provide you with an opportunity to prepare a memorable tribute. In order to ensure that the funeral you plan honors your loved one in the fashion he or she would have preferred, it is important to ask yourself the following questions during the planning process:
Should There Be a Viewing? One of the first major decisions to make when planning a loved one’s funeral is whether a viewing will be held. If a viewing is to be held, the body of your loved one will need to be embalmed, regardless of whether cremation or burial is chosen.
Would the Deceased Prefer Burial or Cremation? You will also need to choose between burial and cremation when planning a funeral. Unless your loved one expressed a preference for one option, consult religious and family traditions when making your decision.
Is In-Ground or Above-Ground Entombment Best? Ask yourself if your loved one would have preferred to have his or her remains buried under ground or stored in a family vault or columbarium above ground. Both forms of entombment are appropriate options, even if the remains are cremated.
Will an Indoor or Outdoor Service Be More Appropriate? Once you have taken care of the necessary aftercare details, start to focus on the service itself. Decide whether you would like to hold the funeral ceremony in a chapel, a funeral parlor, or outdoors. You can further discuss your options with a funeral director.
How Can You Personalize the Service? Think about your loved one’s personality, preferred music, and favorite literature. This well help you select funeral readings, decide if you would like to have a musician at the ceremony, choose floral arrangements, and put together a funeral program that celebrates your loved one’s life and memorializes his or her passing.
Regardless of your loved one’s age, religious background, and personal preferences, Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo is equipped to help you plan the funeral he or she would have wanted. To speak with an experienced and multilingual funeral service provider about the wide range of funeral, burial, and cremation services we provide, call (650) 349-4411.
In early 2012, Skylawn Funeral Home registered as a site coordinator for Hospice Foundation of America.On Wednesday, October 3rd, Skylawn hosted our first fall seminar for hospice caregivers (to provide continuing education credits).The seminar began at 2:30pm – with tours of the funeral home, handouts of “local funeral home” guides and other information contained in Skylawn Tote Bags, followed by lunch (provided by Skylawn) and the 2 hour DVD which focused on Death, Dying and Grief as modeled by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. The event concluded with a 30 minute in depth discussion of the program.With coordination from Patricia Wilson, receptionist and assistance from Cindy Naras, Family Service Consultant and Lorrie Mikkelsen, Family service consultant, the event was well organized and highly regarded by the participants in attendance! Having received such overwhelming positive feedback from all who attended, we were able to make very important connections that will surely help to strengthen our alliances with local hospice organizations.Skylawn is planning our next seminar in late April 2013.
If our recent blog posts have assisted you during your time of need, then you may want to explore the links provided below for even more pertinent information.
- For a helpful funeral planning checklist, visit this page from CaregiversLibrary.org.
- This FuneralWise.com consumer guide discusses the steps involved in planning a funeral.
- For a list of questions you should ask when arranging a loved one’s funeral, read through this article from EverydayHealth.com.
- Learn more about pre-planning and pre-financing your funeral at the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
- Further explore the benefits of pre-planning your funeral on this page from the National Funeral Directors Association.
To speak with a caring San Mateo funeral service provider who is familiar with an array of religious and cultural funeral rites, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411.
Mark your calendars for this Saturday, October 13th from 12 – 5 pm and attend the Family Resources Fair!
Often delivered by a close friend or family member of the deceased, a eulogy is one of the most important components of a funeral or memorial service. If you have been asked to deliver a eulogy at a loved one’s funeral and are not sure where to begin, watch this informative video clip for some advice that will help you through the eulogy writing process.
As you will learn in this video, the entirety of the eulogy you compose does not have to come from your memory of the deceased. Discussing the life of the dearly departed with close friends or relatives will give you inspiration and provide you with some comfort.
As important as it is, writing a eulogy is just one part of the funeral planning process. For assistance with other arrangements for your loved one’s San Mateo funeral, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411.
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