• Understanding the Reasons Why Funerals Are Important

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    Throughout human history, people have marked death with a ritual or ceremony. Today we call these ceremonies funerals, and they provide a crucial way for families to remember a loved one and move through the grieving process. Here are some of the key ways that funerals can help the bereaved:

    Funerals Are a Way to Remember In life, people know and understand their loved ones through their physical presence. Death marks a key transition in which the way you know a departed loved one moves into your memories. In a funeral, you have the chance to share and exchange memories of your loved with others who knew him or her well. You can view pictures, share anecdotes, and reminisce with people that you know, trust, and love.

    Funerals Bring Loved Ones Together With many of today’s families scattered throughout the world, funerals provide an opportunity to reunite. It is a time to share, take stock, and be thankful for the presence of loved ones and family. The role of family members can fundamentally change after the death of a loved one. Funerals offer the chance to acknowledge this and move forward with the changes that the death of a loved one can bring.

    Funerals Help the Bereaved Acknowledge Loss One of the most difficult things to do after a loved one has died is to acknowledge your loss. Funerals offer a sort of finality, giving you the ability to move beyond a surface understanding of death to the complete acknowledgement that your loved one has died. It is a time to accept and embrace pain, enabling you to begin the long healing process ahead.

    At Skylawn Memorial Park, we hold funeral services for San Mateo families across cultural traditions. Whether you are pre-planning a funeral or providing a ceremony for a recently departed loved one, our multilingual staff can guide you through the entire funeral process.  Call us at (650) 349-4411 to speak with a member of our staff today.

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  • A Basic Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist


    There are few things more stressful at time of loss than making funeral arrangements. Pre-planning a funeral ceremony can save you from having to make key decisions under the emotional influence of grief. Here are a few basic things to make sure you prioritize as you pre-plan a funeral:

    Choose the Type of Service Today, people have a wide range of funeral service arrangements to choose from. Designating what kind of service you want will ensure that there are no doubts about the appropriateness of funeral arrangements. You can choose from military, religious, non-denominational, and fraternal ceremonies. You may also opt to create a custom ceremony unique to your own wishes, combining elements of different types of funeral ceremonies. 

    Arrange the Ceremony Details Pre-planning a funeral is particularly helpful due to the sheer amount of details involved. Managing these details with a clear head, free from grief will help move the process along smoothly. You will want to arrange the funeral home, ceremony location, pallbearers, music, flower arrangements, and readings. You may also want to designate the loved ones you would want to speak for you at your ceremony.

    Delegate Tasks to Loved Ones Friends and loved ones truly want to help wherever they can with funeral arrangements. Channeling this earnest desire by delegating tasks can make the funeral process go much smoother. Designate loved ones to arrange flowers, mail invitations, write the obituary, and perform any other necessary tasks.

    Provide a Means for Payment If appropriately planned, funerals do not need to cause undue financial strain. Discuss funeral costs with a trusted funeral service provider. You may want to make arrangements to have payments readily available for all aspects of your ceremony, including cemetery siting, transportation, facility rental, food, and music.

    If you need trusted assistance pre-planning a funeral service, contact Skylawn Memorial Park of San Mateo. We provide multicultural placement and ceremonial options for cremations and burials. To speak with a member of our staff about your options, call us at (650) 349-4411.

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