• Exploring the Financial Benefits of Cremation

    As if the emotional stress that comes with losing a loved one were not enough, families oftentimes need to make arrangements for funeral services in a hurry. Fortunately, cremation services in San Mateo are a low-cost alternative to traditional burials. Cremation services also give families the flexibility to choose where to scatter or store their loved one’s remains. To learn more about the financial benefits of cremation, read on.

    Traditional Casket and Outer Liner

    The casket is a necessary expense in the traditional burial. Attractive, higher quality boxes are more expensive. The outer lining is the second most expensive item involved in funeral services. These costs, in addition to flowers and transportation, typically add up to thousands of dollars in a traditional burial. Some funeral homes will give you a discount if you purchase a packaged deal.

    Traditional Preparation Services

    Other costs of the traditional burial include the viewing and body preparation services. If you opt for a green burial, however, you will not have to pay for body preparation services and costly materials involved in burial. Printed items such as the prayer cards, register book, and death certificate must be factored in as well.

    Cremation Costs

    The cremation services are typically a fraction of what traditional funeral services cost. Some people choose to spend slightly more—still a small portion of the cost of traditional burial—by adding flowers and a visitation funeral service without the body present.

    Cremation Value

    You can arrange for an entire ceremony that includes a showing, funeral services, cremation services, and burial at the cemetery for less than a similar traditional burial. If you prefer not to bury the remains, an urn can be purchased to store the remains at home. Alternatively, you can scatter the remains at a location of your choice without having to purchase an urn.

    To find out more about the benefits of cremation at a crematorium and memorial park in San Mateo, call Skylawn Memorial Park at (650) 445-0953. Visit our website to learn more about the funeral services we provide.

  • Skylawn Presents LGBT Issues in End-of-Life Planning

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park presents LGBT Issues in End-of-Life Planning. Watch this video to see a panel discussion featuring experts in the fields of financial planning, law, life insurance, grief counseling and funeral planning.

  • Understanding Cemetery Cremation

    When you go to a funeral home today, you will notice many different options for funeral services. More families these days are choosing cremation services in San Mateo as a substitute for traditional burial. To learn more about why cemetery cremation is an ideal option for many families, keep reading.

    Cremation services give families greater flexibility in how to honor the deceased in comparison to traditional burial services. Families can choose to spread the cremated remains at a special location. Another option is to keep the remains in an urn at one person’s home, or divide the remains into several urns for each immediate family member.

    At Skylawn Memorial Park, we have several options for families who want to bury the cremated remains on site. Browse our website to see our cremation burial options, which include cremation pedestals, benches, columbariums, and glass front niches. For more information, call us at (650) 445-0953.

  • Feng Shui Burial Traditions [INFOGRAPHIC]

    When planning a funeral and burial for a loved one, honoring your family’s cultural traditions can play an important role. For people of Chinese descent, that can mean incorporating feng shui into the funeral arrangements. There are many feng shui principles that apply to funerals, particularly when it comes to choosing burial services. Feng shui principles dictate everything from the best burial sites to the direction the deceased should be facing. To help families honor feng shui principles when they arrange a funeral, Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park is pleased to have Clifford Yee on staff as director of Asian Affairs. Yee is an expert in Asian funeral traditions and provides families with needed guidance during the funeral planning process. Find out more in this infographic from Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, and please consider helping other families in need by sharing this information about our cemetery and funeral home services.

  • Advice for Planning a Green Funeral

    As people become more aware of the impact they have on the environment, they adopt more eco-friendly habits and traditions. Traditional burial services can exact a great toll on the earth’s resources. A green funeral or green burial can be a loving way to honor both the person who has passed, and the earth on which we live.

    Do Your Research

    While many funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematoriums are going green, not all offer green burials and eco-friendly cremations. The Green Burial Council works with such organizations to help them develop and implement environmentally friendly burial and cremation practices that adhere to certain standards. A cemetery, funeral home, or crematorium that is certified by the Green Burial Council will have the best practices in place for meeting these eco-friendly requirements.

    Consider a Living Marker

    Whether you or your loved one has chosen cremation or a green burial, you can further your positive impact on the environment by choosing a living marker as a memorial. A living marker is a non-traditional grave marker or memorial site, such as a tree or public bench, that honors the person who has passed and also benefits the earth or the community.

    Understand the Difference Between a Green Burial and Cremation

    Cremation is a more eco-friendly option than a traditional burial, in that you are not taking up land or putting a non-biodegradable casket and chemicals into the earth. However, unless a crematorium offers green cremation, the cremation process still causes air pollution. A green burial does not use formaldehyde in their embalming process, and uses biodegradable, non-toxic caskets that have been made out of eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, cardboard, and jute.

    If you’re interested in learning more about green burials in San Mateo, visit us at Skylawn Memorial Park. We are one of the few funeral homes on the West Coast that is certified by the Green Burial Council, and we provide the community with a wide range of culturally diverse funeral, burial, and cremation services. For more information, visit our website or call (650) 445-0953.