• A Look at Catholic Funeral Rites

    If you have lost a loved one who belonged to the Catholic faith, you may be tasked with providing a Catholic funeral for him. A funeral home in San Mateo can help you arrange the specific rites for the deceased.

    Catholic funerals typically have three components: vigil service, funeral liturgy, and rite of committal. The vigil service gives friends and family members the opportunity to gather and commemorate a lost loved one. This part of a funeral ceremony might include praying for the deceased and reciting sections of the Bible. The funeral liturgy is a worship service that may include a formal Mass. Burial services typically include a rite of committal, which is the last part of Catholic funeral rites. At the cemetery, loved ones can say their goodbyes and final prayers for the deceased.

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park can help you put together a funeral service that reflects your faith and cultural traditions. To speak with one of our associates about our funeral home services, call (650) 445-0953. You can also go to our website to see our customizable funeral, cremation, and burial services.

  • Understanding Green Burials

    Green burial services allow family members and loved ones to care for their departed without making a negative impact on the natural environment. Such practices help to conserve resources, preserve the natural habitat, protect workers from toxic chemicals, and reduce harmful emissions. Funeral providers that have received Green Burial Council certification are able to offer responsible burial services that have been approved by a third party organization committed to reducing harm to the environment. Most Green Burial Council approved funeral providers are even able to accommodate families that would prefer to hold a home funeral.

    Biodegradable Products

    A growing list of businesses have been certified by the Green Burial Council for selling environmentally friendly funeral products. These providers are able to offer caskets, urns, and shrouds that are created with materials that are biodegradable and nontoxic. These service providers are also known to acquire their materials through non-harmful means, without destroying habitats in the process.


    Contrary to popular belief, cremation can be less harmful to the natural world than some other options. Fewer resources are utilized, but there is still an environmental cost as fossil fuels are burned in the process. This does depend, to a degree, on the age of the facility performing the cremation. Some precautionary measures must also be taken to assure that recyclable medical parts are not contributing to pollution during the process. New filtration practices are currently being developed so that, soon, funeral providers will be able to reduce mercury emissions from the burning of dental fillings. There are not currently Green Burial Council approved cremation disposition programs, however.


    Those who provide funeral services are susceptible to environmental harm as well. Some embalming fluids contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen chemical known to increase risk of certain kinds of cancer in funeral home directors. There is no longer a need to rely on cancer-causing chemicals, however. Embalming fluids free of formaldehyde are now available, and they have been created using biodegradable, nontoxic essential oils. Green Burial Council certified funeral providers like Skylawn Funeral and Memorial Park are able to offer formaldehyde-free embalming if this is what you have chosen for your loved one.

    For more information about green burials, visit our website, or call us at (650) 349-4411.

  • Skylawn Funeral Home’s Water Conservation Efforts

    In order to do our part to conserve California’s precious natural resources, Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park is undertaking several water conservation efforts to reduce consumption and comply with Governor Brown’s water restriction mandates.

    1. We are limiting our lawn watering
    2. We’ve performed a full audit of our entire sprinkler system to search for and repair leaks
    3. We are in the process of installing smart irrigation controllers that are linked to real time weather information and the internet . This system will help minimize our sprinklers from activating if rain is expected.

    Additionally, our team is proactively researching other options which could include the use of artificial turf, xeriscaping (a form of sustainable gardening using drought-tolerant plants), aeration systems as well as other new, state-of the-art water conservation technology. Skylawn is committed to doing whatever we can to help California weather this unprecedented drought, while providing a beautiful, comforting environment for visitors.

  • Why Choose Cremation?

    A growing number of people are choosing cremation services in San Mateo. If you are pre-planning funeral services for yourself or arranging a funeral ceremony for a loved one, you too may decide that cremation is the appropriate option. The following benefits highlight why this end-of-life service is becoming increasingly common.


    Planning burial services can be an overwhelming process for some people. Especially when contending with the emotional aspects of losing a loved one, it can be difficult to decide on caskets, burial plots, and other facets of a funeral ceremony. Cremation is often considered a simpler process, as individuals need not choose a casket, burial plot, or many other details of traditional funeral and burial services. In fact, after deciding to move forward with cremation, the only other consideration may be choosing an urn in which to place the remains.


    Cremation can be carried out without conventional funeral services, but family members still have the option to arrange a funeral ceremony if they choose. What makes cremation a particularly flexible option is that the funeral ceremony can take place before or after it. So for loved ones who may need more time to reconcile the details of a funeral ceremony or to process their grief, cremation can be a highly convenient option.


    A funeral home can be extremely accommodating in providing diverse funeral and burial options that cater to varying financial considerations. However, many people decide that cremation is the right choice for them because it is particularly affordable across all categories. Because cremation can be carried out without funeral services, those who may not have the financial resources for both can still have a cost effective option for their loved ones. Even with funeral services, cremation may still be the more appropriate choice for those who may not want to purchase a burial plot.

    Would you like to learn more about the cremation services at Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park? Then call us today at (650) 445-0953. Our knowledgeable associates can help you find the funeral, cremation, or burial option that fits your needs.

  • Evening of Remembrance Memorial Service

    Pathways Home Health and Hospice invites you to join us Sunday, May 17th, from 3-4 p.m. for an Evening of Remembrance Memorial Service. The evening will include a short program, music, readings, a video montage and more. Learn more and RSVP to this event here.