• Dia de los Muertos Celebration – Nov. 1 & 2, 2014

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    Join us for our 1st annual Dia de los Muertos celebration Saturday, Nov. 1st, and Sunday, Nov. 2nd, at 10 a.m.

    This free event will include BBQ, refreshments, live entertainment, arts & crafts, facepainting and sculptures. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Veterans Honoring Veterans – Nov. 9, 2014

    Skylawn has joined the Bay Area Hospice Veteran Partnership and is going to be participating in an event which will be held at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. Join us Sunday, November 9th, from 3 to 5 p.m. for a special program for veterans of any age to remember their fallen brothers and sisters, no matter how long ago the loss.

    For more information, contact bayareahvp@gmail.com.

     

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  • Cultural Spotlight: Dia de los Muertos

    Cultural Spotlight: Dia de los Muertos - Skylawn Funeral Home

    Many cultures have unique traditions that celebrate the cycle of life and death, and Latin society is no exception. Each year, Mexico and other Latin America nations have Dia de los Muertos festivities that joyously remember those who have passed on. Though sadness and grief are normal aspects of the mourning process, Dia de los Muertos demonstrates that happiness can be part of it as well. Instead of focusing on the death of their loved ones, individuals who take part in Dia de los Muertos commemorate their lives. With ornate costumes, delicious foods, and energetic gatherings, they pay their respects to the dead.

    Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park offers funeral services that cater to a wide variety of cultures and traditions. Our compassionate staff can help you create a ceremony that honors your loved one and reflects your traditions. For more information, call our San Mateo office at (650) 349-4411. 

  • What Children Need to Grieve Productively

    It may feel natural to try to shield a child from the pain of losing a loved one. Although it’s never easy to inform children of a loss, they do need to understand the situation and to have their own feelings acknowledged. If you’re unsure of what to say to your little ones, talk to the grief support professionals at the funeral home. The funeral home professionals have experience supporting grieving family members of all ages.

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    Help Them Understand the Situation

    If children aren’t informed of what has happened, their confusion is likely to worsen their own emotional challenges. They may feel panicked when they look for the lost loved one, only to find unoccupied space within the home. It’s best to let the children know what has happened using age-appropriate language. Younger children can be told that the decedent’s body stopped working and that the loved one won’t be able to physically come back. Depending on the circumstances, older children may already have an idea of the situation if the lost loved one had been ill. Let them know that the decedent has passed on.

    Discuss Your Own Feelings

    Regardless of the age of the children, they need to be told that it’s okay to feel sad. You can help the youngsters come to terms with their own feelings by discussing yours. Tell the children that you loved the decedent very much and that you feel greatly saddened at the loss. Let the kids know that it’s alright to discuss how they feel.

    Provide Ongoing Grief Support

    In the days, months, and even years following the funeral service, you and other family members will need to support each other in your grief. Let the children know that they are loved and that they will always be taken care of. Spend time doing activities together as a family. Some of those activities might be in remembrance of the decedent, such as compiling a memorial scrapbook.

    Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park offers so much more than just our respectful, elegant funeral services and burial or cremation choices. Our funeral home provides 24/7 grief support, every day of the year to those in the San Mateo area who have lost a loved one. We encourage family members and friends to reach out to our funeral home by calling (650) 349-4411 and learning more about our grief support services.

  • How to Be a Pallbearer

    Serving as pallbearer during funeral services is an honor that both men and women might be asked to do. This video explains what first-time pallbearers can expect.

    The position of pallbearer is usually fulfilled by individuals who shared a close relationship with the deceased loved one. Those asked to be pallbearers should arrive at the funeral home earlier than the other guests to receive instructions regarding when to assume their duties. In general, pallbearers bear the duty of carrying the casket from the funeral home to the hearse. They might also carry the casket from the transporting vehicle to its final resting place in the cemetery.

    Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park provides funeral services for the residents of the greater San Mateo region. Call (650) 349-4411 to speak with one of our funeral home associates.