• Congratulations Nickol Ladd on Earning Your CFSP!

    Nickol Ladd - Certified Funeral Service Practitioner

    We are very proud of our staff member, Nickol Ladd, for working very hard and earning the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation based on the certification requirements from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

    Congratulations! We are so proud of your accomplishment and love having you on the team here at Skylawn!

  • Understanding the Different Types of Funerals

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    A funeral provides a formal atmosphere in which close family members and friends of a recently deceased individual can commemorate the life of their loved one and console one another. Family members have several options for personalizing funeral services to better honor the life of the deceased in a way that is appropriate for his or her personality and religious preference. The most common types of funeral services in the United States include:

    Traditional Funeral Ceremony A traditional funeral service typically starts with a viewing. It also includes a funeral ceremony, which is usually held in a chapel, and ends with a funeral procession. The lowering of the casket into the ground may or may not be a part of the funeral procession.

    Graveside Ceremony A graveside ceremony is a common choice for those who are buried in scenic locales and takes place entirely within close proximity of the grave. The burial is generally included in the service or follows immediately afterwards.

    Memorial Service At a memorial service, the deceased is honored without his or her body being present. The nature of a memorial service varies from culture to culture and person to person. A funeral service provider can help a family plan a memorial service that is well-suited to the individual whose life is being celebrated.

    Special Services Members of the United States military and various organizations are often honored with unique funeral service rites that are specific to those organizations. Funeral home representatives can guide the family members of veterans to explain the details, traditions, and special accommodations made for these ceremonies.

    If you are planning a loved one’s funeral, it can be comforting to work with a caring and knowledgeable funeral service provider. At Skylawn Memorial Park, our multilingual staff of dedicated caretakers is available to help you plan a service that honors your loved one. To learn about our full range of funeral and cremation services, as well as our serene memorial grounds, visit our website or call (650) 349-4411.

  • How to Plan the Readings for a Funeral Service

    One aspect of funeral planning that people spend a lot of time thinking about is the selection of readings. If you are in charge of choosing the readings for a loved one’s funeral and are unsure about where to start, this video clip can serve as a helpful guide.

    If your loved one was devoutly religious, you may want to look first to the religious texts your loved one cherished. Peruse your loved one’s personal copies, looking for highlighted passages and handwritten notes. If your loved one was not religious, you can look through poetry collections and other published works for similar notes to help you get started.

    To speak with a multilingual funeral planning staff in San Mateo, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 349-4411. Our caring and dedicated funeral service providers are available 24/7 to help you during your time of need.

  • What Goes Into Planning a Funeral

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    Funeral planning can be a difficult task. Dozens of important decisions must be made at a time when the funeral planner may have trouble concentrating. Many of these decisions are permanent, which can further increase the planner’s worries if he or she does not have help. Read through this guide to learn about the essential components of planning a funeral.

    Selecting a Funeral Home Working with a reliable funeral service provider will help lift the burden of many tasks from your shoulders. You may not have much time to shop around for a funeral service provider, but try to ensure that the one you choose has a positive reputation and considerable funeral planning experience.

    Making Important Decisions Choosing between cremation and burial, deciding what type of funeral service will be held, and determining where the remains will rest are three of the most important decisions you will be faced with. If you are unsure about the options your loved one would have wanted, your funeral service provider can supply you with information about each option that may help you with these difficult decisions.

    Paying for a Funeral Funeral costs can vary considerably and are dependent primarily on the products and services selected by those planning the funeral. It is important to know who will finance a funeral and what the budget for that funeral is before you select a casket, service location, and cemetery plot. To avoid any surprises, ask your funeral service provider for a comprehensive list of the costs you will be expected to pay.

    To work with a caring and dedicated funeral home that strives to make its services accessible to everyone, contact Skylawn Memorial Park. A member of our multilingual staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you whenever you need us. Call (650) 349-4411 to speak with a funeral service provider about our funeral, burial, and cremation services.