• How to Support Your Child After the Death of a Classmate

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    When a child learns of a classmate’s passing, it can elicit a wide range of reactions. Because children typically have little experience with death, or they may not have matured emotional capabilities, they may respond with anger, confusion, fear, or even numbness. You can help your child through the grieving process by keeping in mind these suggestions:

    Take Time to Discuss His Concerns

    As your child tries to cope with the passing of his classmate, he may have many questions. Depending on his age, some of those questions may encompass issues beyond his classmate’s death. Your child may want to talk about how the dying process occurs, what happens after death, and why people die at all. These far-reaching topics may require you to consider carefully your responses.

    Encourage Outlets for Grief

    If your child does not want to discuss his classmate’s passing, he may still be contending with strong emotions. You do not have to force your child to talk about the situation, but you can encourage him to mourn in other ways. For instance, ask him to write a poem or draw a picture. You can also have an at-home memorial service where you play special songs or look through photographs to remember his classmate.

    Allow Him Time to Mourn

    Many people may consider children resilient, but the death of a classmate can result in long-term grief that resurfaces over time. Even if your child appears happy and emotionally strong one day, he may hear his classmate’s name or recall a certain memory that prompts a return to sadness or confusion. Reassuring your child that he can take as much time as he needs to grieve can help him work through his emotions in a healthy way.

    Have you or a loved one recently experienced a significant loss? Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park offers grief support services for those in San Mateo and the surrounding areas. For more information on how we can help you through this difficult time, call (650) 349-4411 or visit our website

  • The Importance of Funerals for Families

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    While they are widely considered to be sad and difficult, funeral services are actually a very important ceremony for the surviving loved ones of the deceased. Not only does it fill an important role in the mourning process, but it provides a caring and supportive place for all to share their feelings about the death. Read this article for a closer look at how funerals help loved ones heal and move forward.

    A Supportive Environment

    A funeral ceremony provides a system of social support for the family and loved ones of the deceased. It gives them a chance to connect with visitors attending the funeral to show their support and also seeking closure. For loved ones who were recently made widows or widowers following the death, funeral services provide a time to adjust to a new social role within a support system of friends and family. This helps the bereaved integrate back into the community, and eases the transition to a new life following the passing of a loved one.

    The Reality of Death

    Following the death of a loved one, it can be very difficult to accept that their passing has actually happened. One of the most important roles of a funeral is to help families grasp the difficult reality that their loved one has passed. Fortunately, for many families, there is no better place in which to have such a realization—in the presence of a supportive community of family and friends of the deceased.

    Embracing and Expressing Pain

    It can be very challenging and uncomfortable to experience and express pain, but doing so is an important component of the healing and grieving process. A funeral ceremony provides the unique opportunity for families, friends, and visitors to openly embrace and express pain.

    If you are planning a funeral or cremation ceremony, contact Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park of San Mateo. Visit our website to see our peaceful location in the Monterra Mountain Range, and call us at (650) 349-4411 for more information about our funeral home.

  • What Are the Options for Cremation Ceremonies?

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    Cremation is becoming increasingly popular in the United States as a way to handle the body of a loved one after they have passed. Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park offers onsite cremation services, which gives you the comfort of knowing the cremation process has been handled properly and with great care. Many families also like to have a cremation ceremony as well. This involves an optional gathering, which is religious or non-religious, and an optional, private visitation prior to the cremation process. You can have the ashes buried traditionally, with a memorialization ornament such as a bench, crypt, or personalized monument placed on top of the burial site.

    To learn more about the Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park’s funeral and cremation services in San Mateo, visit our website. Our tranquil and beautiful location on the Monterra Mountain Range has been serving the San Francisco area since 1959. If you have any questions, call us today at (650) 349-4411. 

  • A Will for the Woods Screening at Skylawn

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    Skylawn Memorial Park is hosting a screening of the film “A Will for the Woods” on September the 12th at 6:00pm. 

    Skylawn Memorial Park
    Highway 92 and Skyline Blvd
    San Mateo, CA 94402
    United States

    Be sure to RSVP on the website

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  • Understanding the Meanings Behind Funeral Flower Arrangements

    Flowers play a part in almost every funeral these days. Floral arrangements are not only beautiful; they can also be symbolic. In fact, many people choose flowers based on the meaning behind them. Red carnations, for example, signify strength, while red roses signify respect. White carnations and roses normally signify truth and innocence. And pink carnations signify remembrance. The chrysanthemum is associated with grief, and sometimes even truth, which is why it is common in a funeral arrangement. The lily typically signifies peace, purity, and majesty. To learn more about the meaning behind funeral flower arrangements, watch this video clip.

    At Skylawn Memorial Park, a funeral home in San Mateo, we offer a wide range of flowers that will honor your loved one. To learn more about the floral arrangements and funeral services we offer, visit our website or call us at (650) 349-4411.