Bay Area Ridge Trail Dedication Event

Park Dedication

Skylawn Memorial Park was recently featured in the Bay Area Ridge Trail dedication event! Read more about the dedication event in this SFGate article

Lea Michele Opens Up About her Grieving Process

After the sudden death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith, actress Lea Michele has been coping with her feelings of loss and grief. In a recent interview, Lea Michele spoke about some of her strategies for dealing with the grieving process. To hear more about Lea Michele’s experience with grief, watch this video from ABC News.

If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, Skylawn Memorial Park will be there to help you through the entire process. We provide the San Mateo area with a complete range of funeral services, and we will be happy to tell you more about the funeral options that are available to you. For more information about the services that we have to offer, call (650) 349-4411. 

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park donates 4 custom gift baskets to The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)!

Skylawn Donation Picture

(photo, Brian Kestenblatt, General Manager, Two RSVP volunteers Carolyn and Jon Mosby, Cindy Naras, Funeral Director and organizer of the annual donation)

The gift baskets were raffled off to four seniors on the peninsula during RSVP’s annual conference.

RSVP is a nationwide network of experienced adults who contribute their time and talent to important programs that strengthen their communities. RSVP is sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services – Senior Focus and is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  RSVP is a link between the resources of older adult volunteers and the needs of the community. RSVP is supported by contributions from the government and our local sponsor. However, as we all know, such support isn’t enough to meet increasing service demands. In order to support 900 volunteers who contribute approximately 200,000 hours of work a year, RSVP must rely on the help of many private sources of support.

Local fundraising drives, memorial contributions, grants from service clubs and foundations and individual donations play a major role in keeping RSVP financially sound.

RSVP serves the community in the following ways:

  • Tutoring children
  • Teaching adults how to read
  • Visiting people at home and in residential care facilities
  • Providing information on health insurance
  • Helping in thrift shops
  • Shopping for the homebound
  • Gardening
  • Serving as museum docents
  • Playing music or singing
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Answering phones
  • Assisting patients in hospitals
  • Shelving library books
  • Doing data entry on computers
  • Serving on advisory boards
  • Providing peer counseling
  • Serving meals at senior lunch sites
  • Calling homebound persons
  • Teaching adult education classes

Providing Emotional Support to a Grieving Friend

woman crying

When someone you care about experiences the loss of a loved one, it is important to offer your emotional support. By showing that you care, you can help your friend heal during a time of grief. Sometimes, it can be difficult to know what actions or words are appropriate to help a friend who is coping with a significant loss. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are providing emotional support to a grieving friend.   

Understand That Grief Is Personal

Each person experiences the grieving process in a different way. If a friend is grieving after the loss of a loved one, it is important to remember that his or her grief may be expressed differently than yours. One of the best ways to support a friend is to remain open and caring during his or her personal grieving process.

Remain Present

When you are supporting a grieving friend, it is important to remain present and available during the entire process. By letting your friend know that you are there to talk or provide company, you ensure that he or she does not feel alone during a time of grief. In addition, you may want to schedule regular visits with your friend.

Help With the Small Things

To support a grieving friend, you may want to offer to help out with small daily tasks, such as laundry or housework. These small gestures are a great way to demonstrate your love and care. By helping your friend transition back to everyday life, you may help to ease the grieving process.

If you or a friend has experienced the loss of a loved one, be sure to contact Skylawn Memorial Park. Our funeral home provides the San Mateo area with a complete range of funeral services, including cremation and burials. To learn more about the exceptional services that you can expect from our funeral home, call us at (650) 349-4411.

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