Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday. This holiday is dedicated to the ancestors and honors those who have died and the cycle of life. The celebration acknowledges that those living still have a relationship with their ancestors and loved ones who have passed. In Mexico, neighbors gather at local cemeteries to share food, play music, and fellowship with the community. The day of the dead has been celebrated in San Mateo and San Francisco since the early 70’s. The celebrations include art, music, a walking procession, and performances. These festivities help people meditate on their mortality and existence while also remembering the loved ones they have lost. It is a community supported event that everyone is encouraged to participate in.
Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park is dedicated to honoring and remembering those who have passed. Our signature services include ceremonial options for cremation and burial, estate planning, and more. If you wish to memorialize a loved one, call us at (650) 349-4411.
Because a funeral is a sober event, it is important to be aware of the proper etiquette to use during attendance. Dress in a conservative color and style. Wearing colors other than black is okay, but avoid bright, floral clothing or showing too much skin. Funerals enable friends to offer sympathy for the family of the deceased, so immediately upon your arrival, express your condolences. Sit in an appropriate location during the service. The first row of seats are usually reserved for the immediate family, and the second and third rows are often for the extended family and pall bearers. Watch this video for more information in funeral etiquette.
Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park of San Mateo provides a beautiful, tranquil location for any funeral or memorial service. We provide ceremonial options for cremation and burial, among other services that honor your loved one. If you are in need of funeral services, call us at (650) 349-4411.
September 10th 2013
Skylawn Funeral Home received recognition from Pet Partners, Therapy Animals of America, for our support and hospitality.
Skylawn has been facilitating the training of therapy dogs in our Vista Room for over two years! Pet Partners is one of many community groups that Skylawn is privileged to host meetings and other events for. We are honored and grateful to receive this recognition and look forward to our continued partnership.
What is Pet Partners?
Pet Partners, formerly Delta Society, is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization that helps people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives. We receive no government funding and rely on individuals, foundations and corporations for financial support.
The burial practices of a culture reveal a lot about those who are left to live on. Hinduism, like other religions, honors specific traditions and rituals when burying the deceased and addressing the family’s loss. Hindu-American funeral services often reflect Judeo-Christian ones, however, they still preserve many of the traditions that originated in India. Read on for more details on Hindu-American funeral customs.
In most cases, funeral procedures are conducted within a 24-hour period after death. According to Hindu tradition, only a male family member can perform the last rites. However, in modern times, women have often assumed the role. Typically, the body is bathed immediately after death, often by the women in the family. Before the body is cremated, family members place flowers on the body. They place rice in the mouth to represent nourishment for the departed soul. Coins are placed on the hands and the body is placed on a bier to be transported to the cremation center.
Out of respect for the grieving family, no cooking is done in the family home until the cremation takes places. The saying is, “The fire in the house is not lit until the fire in the cremation pyre has gone out.” Friends visit and bring pure, vegetarian foods that are without onion and garlic. In the place where the person died, a lamp is lit. This is meant to light the way for the departed soul. Water is also kept there for the soul’s nourishment. Hinduism observes bhajans , which are religious hymns set to music. Mourners gather and recite these hymns to provide peace for the mind and soul. In India, ritualistic events happen in private. In America, mourners gather to watch the rituals take place.
Solace For the Living
Hindu philosophy and the theory of reincarnation gives solace to those who are living. Mourners are comforted by the notion that the soul is immortal. According to Hinduism, the soul never dies, it just leaves the body and lives on. Grieving family and friends find comfort in reading the verses in the Bhagavad Gita (Hindu scripture). Some Indian-Americans journey back to India to spread the ashes, seek blessings for the departed soul, or to find solace for their pain.
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