• What You Need to Know About Planning a Memorial Service

    Planning funeral services is a challenge, especially when the planning comes alongside grieving the loss of a loved one. Fortunately, Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park can offer help with planning a funeral near San Mateo. When planning a funeral, keep in mind what the deceased would have wanted. Ask friends and family for suggestions. Plan to have photographs and other personal items of significance. Pick a funeral date to allow ample time for the guests’ travel arrangements. For tips on planning cremation or burial services, watch this video clip.

    Call Skylawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home at (650) 349-4411 for more suggestions on how to plan a memorial service. And for more information about our cremation and burial services, browse our website.

  • Tips for Answering Your Child’s Questions About Death

    As a child grows, his or her parents can expect to answer many difficult questions about life and death. When a loved one dies and your family is heading to the funeral home to pay your respects, you can use age-appropriate language to explain to your child that the individual is no longer living. It’s important to avoid using euphemisms, such as by saying that the person is sleeping. This will only confuse your child and it may frighten him or her into thinking that he or she will die when sleeping.

    For more helpful tips on discussing death with your child, watch this brief video. It explains how parents can discuss death in a non-threatening context, such as by pointing out that leaves die when they fall off a tree.

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park works closely with families to ensure they have all the resources they need to arrange a funeral in San Mateo, access grief support services and memorialize their loved ones. Call us at (650) 349-4411 if it’s time to arrange a cremation or burial services.

  • Join Skylawn Memorial Park in Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos

    Dia De Los Muertos

    Join Skylawn Memorial Park in celebrating Dia De Los Muertos! Come out with your family and enjoy:

    • Music and Folkloric Dancing
    • Farmers Market
    • Sugar Skull Decoration for Children
    • Presentation of the Altars
    • Traditional Lunch and Mariachi
    • Catholic Mass at 10:00 AM

    Celebrate with us on October 31st and November 1st!

  • What Is the Etiquette for Attending Jewish Funerals?

    Jewish Funeral Service

    If you’ve previously been to funeral services for an individual of the Christian faith, you will likely find that the funeral rites are similar for a Jewish funeral. However, there are some differences. Jewish funeral services usually do not include a visitation and they may be held at the funeral home, rather than at a synagogue. There may not be a graveside service at the cemetery; however, individuals who were especially close to the family or the deceased may be asked to accompany the casket to the burial plot.

    Dressing for the Funeral
    It is not generally expected that all of the mourners will wear an all-black outfit. This rule of thumb applies regardless of whether the decedent was of Christian or Jewish faith. However, if you do choose to wear colors other than black, choose somber, conservative colors. If you’re female, keep your makeup and jewelry minimal. If you’re male, you may be provided with a yarmulke to wear.

    Attending the Funeral
    Arrive at least a few minutes early to the funeral home. The funeral director will let you know where you should sit. Avoid approaching the family members and other mourners at this time. Instead, remain respectfully silent throughout the service or participate in the prayers if you’re familiar with them. Sometimes, at the end of the service, friends and distant relatives are asked to form two opposing lines. The immediate mourners will then walk between the lines. This is a symbolic gesture that the mourners are not alone in their grief.

    Offering Your Condolences
    To offer your condolences to the family members, write a brief note in the guest book at the funeral home. Avoid sending flowers to the home or to the funeral home. Instead, make a donation to a charity in the memory of the decedent. Another way to show that you care is to connect with the individuals who are organizing the reception. Ask whether you can bring food to the home while the family is sitting shiva.

    At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, our funeral home professionals can help your family design funeral services in San Mateo that are in accordance with your loved one’s faith. Our memorial park provides a beautiful, serene place to reflect upon the cherished memories of your loved ones. If you have any questions about our respectful funeral options, call us at (650) 349-4411.

  • Pre-Planning for Cremation

    Funeral Planning San Mateo

    Many people choose cremation because it offers flexible options for memorialization and funeral services. If you intend to pre-plan a funeral, you can visit a funeral home to explore your options. One option is a traditional cremation with a ceremony. You could arrange to have visitation before the cremation. Or, you might request that the visitation be held after the act of cremation. Some individuals prefer to choose minimal funeral services. Non-ceremonial cremation is available, which eliminates the visitation and service altogether.

    In addition to evaluating your cremation ceremony options, consider how you would like your surviving family members to handle the cremains. It is still possible to have a burial at a cemetery even if you choose cremation. Or, you might prefer that your ashes be scattered at a location that is meaningful to you. The funeral home representative can help you research any applicable legal limitations to scattering ashes in public places.

    At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we make it as easy as possible for individuals to pre-plan cremation services in San Mateo. Give us a call at (650) 349-4411 to speak with a friendly funeral home representative or visit our website to get started with our online pre-planning form.