• Ideas for Eco-Friendly Funerals

    A green burial is one that involves minimizing the impact of funeral services on the environment. Many people worry that choosing an eco-friendly funeral service will compromise adherence to faith traditions or the lost loved one’s personal preferences. However, you can rest assured that as with other funeral services, you can customize an eco-friendly funeral in whichever manner will best honor your loved one.

    Deciding Between Cremation or Burial

    Both burial and cremation have an environmental impact. However, there are methods of lessening the effect. It’s advisable to select a method that pays respect to your loved one’s choices. If a burial is preferred, you can choose to use formaldehyde-free embalming fluids. These fluids are biodegradable and non-toxic. If your loved one would have preferred cremation, you can ask the funeral home director about their emissions standards.

    Selecting a Casket or Urn

    Another way to make a cremation or burial more eco-friendly is to choose a biodegradable urn or casket. Some caskets and urns are manufactured under strict standards that reduce carbon emissions s. They can also be made from non-toxic materials.

    Planning the Reception

    In many families, it is traditional to host a reception following the funeral services. Consider choosing a caterer that uses locally sourced, organic foods. You may wish to have a vegetarian reception or you might prefer that the caterer only cook meats from free-range, humanely raised livestock.

    Requesting Flower Alternatives

    Although flower arrangements are a beautiful way to honor the lost loved one, some people prefer to avoid them because cut flowers perish quickly. You might request donations to your loved one’s favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Or, you might ask that mourners plant a tree in your loved one’s memory.

    Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park is among the few funeral homes along the coast to maintain certification from the Green Burial Council (GBC). Our funeral directors can help you plan a green burial near San Mateo that respects your loved one’s religion and personal preferences. You can reach our funeral home by calling (650) 445-0953.

  • Reasons to Consider Joining a Grief Support Group

    If you have recently lost a loved one, it is a good idea to join a grief support group near San Mateo. Losing a friend or family member can make you feel isolated but support can help you deal with your emotions and learn how to start the healing process. Reasons to consider joining a grief support group include:

    Talk About Your Emotions

    It can be difficult to talk about how you feel after losing a loved one, especially if you do not have other loved ones who have been through the same experience. This leaves many people keeping their emotions bottled up, making it difficult to start healing and potentially leading to emotional outbursts in the future. Grief support services give you a chance to talk about your emotions with people who know what you are experiencing, allowing you to take part in an important step in the healing process.

    Meet People Who Know What You Are Experiencing

    Many people feel like they are alone after losing a loved one. Even if you have other friends or family members around during this experience, they might not be able to understand what you are experiencing if they have never dealt with the same type of loss. Joining a grief support group will let you meet people who have experienced loss. This will give you new people you can talk to who will understand and be able to relate to your situation as well as your emotions.

    Give You Responsibilities

    It is normal for people to avoid their regular routines in favor of staying home after losing a loved one. However, this can be an unhealthy behavior if a person sticks to it for too long. Going to a grief support group will give you a new set of responsibilities, keeping you on a schedule that will help you get back to living after suffering from a loss.

    Learn more about grief support, funeral services, and other considerations following the loss of a loved one by contacting Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park. We can answer your questions about funeral services, cremation, and planning if you call us at (650) 445-0978.

  • Clifford Yee Joins Skylawn Memorial Park to Direct Asian Affairs Division

    Skylawn Memorial Park announced Clifford Yee as its new Director of Asian Affairs. As head of the newly-formed division, Yee will lead his team in providing end-of-life services tailored to the needs of the growing Asian and Asian American communities in San Mateo and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

    A veteran in the funeral services industry, Yee brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role at Skylawn after having previously served in senior roles at two other Bay Area memorial parks. Yee has worked with families for many years to incorporate traditional Chinese funeral practices and traditions into end-of-life services. He has also played an integral role in building community relations among those in the Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino communities.

    “Helping families make sense of Asian funeral traditions is the most rewarding part of my job and I’m honored to help people understand the customs of their culture,” said Yee. “Funeral service planning is an emotional experience, so we’re here to do whatever we can to help loved ones uphold and embrace longstanding cultural practices that may otherwise be lost.”

    Yee’s commitment to preserving cultural traditions within the Asian community supports his goal of empowering families and loved ones through increased knowledge and connections to their cultural backgrounds.

    “In addition to his extensive knowledge and experience in the funeral services industry, the genuine and personalized care that Clifford delivers to our clients provides much-needed comfort and support to families during the difficult grieving process,” said Brian Kestenblatt, general manager at Skylawn Memorial Park. “As the Asian American population continues to grow in the Bay Area, Clifford will play an important role in ensuring that the community’s specific needs and traditions are fulfilled.”

    Yee is a native of San Francisco and a third-generation Chinese American. Considered one of the foremost experts in Chinese funeral culture, he has presented multiple lectures for various groups including the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, San Francisco Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, Buddha’s Universal Church, San Francisco Methodist Church and Cumberland Church. Yee is a member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco and the Chinese American Citizen Alliance, among other organizations.

    MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: To request an interview with Clifford Yee or Brian Kestenblatt, please contact Elena Fuhrmann at (415) 359-2304 or northstar@landispr.com.

  • Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park Adopts a Highway

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park Team 212 has adopted a 3 mile section of Highway 280. A sign will be hung indicating our adoption this week. Once a month, we meet at Skylawn for breakfast and then head out to the highway to clean up!

    The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California’s State Highway System. Groups have the option to participate as volunteers or to hire a maintenance service provider to perform the work on their behalf.

    The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.

    Participation can include one or more of the following activities:

    · Removing litter (work frequency varies with location).

    · Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers.

    · Removing graffiti.

    · Controlling vegetation.

    Adoptions usually span a two-mile stretch of roadside and permits are issued for five-year periods. Groups in good standing may renew their permits indefinitely.

    The Adopt-A-Highway Program is not a forum for advertising or public discourse. Please contact your local public works agency if you wish to adopt a county road or a city street that is not maintained by Caltrans.

  • Writing a Funeral Thank You Card

    Funeral services provide an opportunity for friends and family to gather and say goodbye to their lost loved one. If you were in charge of planning a funeral for a deceased friend or family member, it is important to send thank you cards to everyone who attended the service.

    As you will see in this video, thank you cards show appreciation during this time of grief. Think about the role that each person played in the life of your lost loved one as well as the funeral planning process. Use this information to create a heartfelt message where you genuinely thank each attendee.

    Do you have other questions about planning a funeral near San Mateo? Contact Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park at (650) 445-0978 to learn about funeral services, cremation, and grief counseling.