What Is a Wake?

Farewell Closed Casket

Both funerals and wakes are common practices that appear in many cultures around the world. A wake was historically held the night before a body was buried. During the wake, family and close friends would stay up all night with the body, sharing stories, memories, food, and drink. These events were meant to be less somber and religious than the funeral that preceded burial, and today many such wakes are still held the night before a funeral and burial service. Alternatively, families may choose to combine a wake and a funeral during an event held at a funeral home or cemetery. The body need not be present at either event if it has already been transported to the cemetery in preparation for burial or entombment.

At Skylawn Memorial Park, we are here to help you create a unique and fitting service to honor the life of a loved one. We offer a variety of multicultural funeral, cremation, and burial options at our San Mateo funeral home and memorial park. You can learn more about us online or by calling (650) 349-4411 to speak with a staff member today.  

Senior Showcase Health & Wellness Fair

Join us at the Millbrae Recreation Center for the Senior Showcase Health & Wellness Fair! The fair runs from 9AM-1PM, Saturday the 25th. There will be door prizes, health screenings, refreshments and much more. Admission is free for everyone, and the event will feature over 40 exhibitors from all over San Mateo County. 

Senior Showcase 2014

Finding the Right Words: Writing a Obituary

Jotting notes

An obituary serves as a public announcement of a loved one’s passing. These written accounts also commemorate the life of the deceased, often listing their accomplishments and the family they have left behind. Your funeral home can help you create an obituary for submission to local newspapers and for use on websites or during the funeral service.

List Personal Information

Your loved one’s obituary should include basic information such as full name and dates of birth, marriage, and death. Many obituaries also list the cause of death as a short statement. Other information frequently found in obituaries includes military service, employment information, membership in any special organization, and hobbies or special interests. Obituaries often end with the names of those family members who predeceased your loved one, as well as a list of family members who remain.

List Funeral Information

If you will be holding a funeral or other service for your loved one, this information may be included in their obituary. List the date, time, and location of the funeral service if you would like this information to be made public. Alternatively, you can choose to state that a private funeral or burial will be held if you wish to keep this information only for family and close friends.

List Gift and Donation Information

If your family will accept gifts, flowers, or donations for funeral services, state in the obituary whether you’d like them sent to your home or to the funeral home. Many people wish to have donations made in the name of a loved one, rather than asking friends to send gifts or flowers to the family. If you have a preference for the organizations you’d like others to support with their donations, list these in the obituary as well.

An obituary provides a written tribute to your loved one’s life. At Skylawn Memorial Park, we can help you create a personalized memorial service for your special family member. Visit our website or call (650) 349-4411 to learn more about our funeral, burial, cremation, and placement services in San Mateo

Returned To The Earth: A Look at Green Funerals [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’re like many eco-conscious people in the San Mateo area, you may take steps in your daily life to help conserve the environment and precious natural resources. Today, with green funeral services, you can go a step further by helping the environment even after you pass on. Green funeral services use non-toxic, biodegradable caskets and emphasize preserving natural habitats. If you choose cremation, your remains can be used to fertilize a tree that will then grow in your honor and memorialize you for generations to come. Take a look at this infographic from Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, a San Mateo cemetery, to learn more about your options for green burial and funeral services. Please share with your family and loved ones, and do your part to protect the environment for future generations. 

Returned-To-The-Earth-A-Look-At-Green-Funerals-Infographic

Understanding Appropriate Funeral Attire

When attending a funeral service, it’s important to choose appropriate attire for the event. This video offers tips for men on choosing an outfit that is proper and respectful to both the family and the deceased. 

Black suits and attire are typically reserved for family members. Guests should instead wear dark-colored clothing, such as a dark solid-colored or muted plaid suit. Avoid pinstriped suits and excessive jewelry, which don’t project the right image to others during this serious time. 

Skylawn Memorial Park is here to help you memorialize the life of a loved one with funeral arrangements, estate planning, veteran’s honors, and more. Please call us today at (650) 349-4411 to learn more about our burial and cremation options. We invite you to visit our website for more tips and information on planning and attending a funeral.