• Is Cremation the Right Choice for Your Loved One?

    Unless your loved one pre-planned a funeral ceremony before his or her death, you may not be sure if cremation is the right choice. Many families choose cremation services over burial services because they are more affordable, eco-friendly, and allow more flexibility when planning funeral services. Here are some ways you can determine if cremation is the right choice for your loved one.

    Are You Trying to Reduce the Cost of Funeral Services?
    Funeral and burial services can be expensive, particularly if your loved one did not plan ahead for a funeral. If you’re concerned about the cost of funeral services, you may want to consider cremation. Cremation services cost significantly less than burial services. You won’t have to pay for a burial plot, gravestone, embalming, a casket, or cemetery fees. You will only need to pay for the cremation, and a cremation urn, if one is desired.

    Do You Need More Flexible Funeral Service Options?
    If you have friends and family coming in from out of town to pay their respects and attend a funeral or memorial service, you should consider planning a cremation ceremony. After cremation, there is no rush to hold a memorial or funeral service, and you can hold a funeral ceremony at a time when everyone can attend. You can also arrange a viewing prior to cremation to allow loved ones to pay their respects.

    Are You Interested in a More Environmentally Friendly Service?
    Cremation is an incredibly eco-friendly option for those who are concerned with environmental preservation. You won’t need to take up valuable natural land with a burial plot, no harsh embalming chemicals will be used, and you won’t have the need for a non-biodegradable casket.

    If you’re considering planning a cremation ceremony in San Mateo for your loved one, come see our compassionate, knowledgeable staff at Skylawn Memorial Park. We offer cremation services in a variety of affordable packages that can be customized to meet your needs. For more information about our cremation and funeral services, call us today at (650) 349-4411.

  • Tips for Dealing with Grief During the Holidays

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    Dealing with grief is always challenging, but during the holidays, loss can feel especially intense. Even if the funeral services ended long ago, the holiday season can stir up sadness and guilt that may have previously seemed manageable. Having a plan to cope with feelings of grief during the holidays is the first step for dealing with the emotions. Keep these tips in mind as you face a holiday season without your loved one.

    Balance Your Obligations
    For some people, spending time with family is the only way to get through the holidays, while other people find that they wish to be alone to concentrate on honoring a lost loved one. You may find that your desire for company fluctuates throughout the season, so give yourself the mix of companionship and alone time that feels right. If taking part in social events makes you feel happy, then do it, and if you find that you need to skip a gathering or get some time to yourself, allow yourself that break. Don’t over-commit, and give yourself plenty of schedule flexibility.

    Release Your Guilt
    After funeral services are over, many people find themselves alone in facing their grief. As time passes and you learn to cope with your grief in new ways, you may begin to feel better—which leads some people to experience guilt. Remember that your lost loved one would want you to be happy and enjoy life. If you feel excitement and happiness during the holidays, you aren’t dishonoring your lost loved one—instead, you’re honoring him or her by living the life he or she would want you to live.

    Ask for Help
    One of the most essential parts of coping with grief at any time of year—but especially during the holidays—is asking for help when you need it. Grief support services are available. Ask your funeral home for a referral.

    At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, from our cemeteries to our crematorium, our funeral home is focused on supporting your family in your time of need. Learn more about funeral planning and grief support in San Mateo by calling (650) 349-4411.

  • What to Expect During a Catholic Interment Service

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    If you are attending or planning a Catholic funeral service, you may have questions about the interment. Interment is just one part of Catholic funerals, but it is one of the most significant aspects, as it involves the burial and final blessing. Here is what you can expect during interment at Catholic funeral services.

    The Catholic interment service is known as the rite of committal. It encompasses the burial services—or in the case of cremation, interment in a columbarium or mausoleum—and prayers offered in honor of the deceased. It usually takes place at the site of interment, where attendees usually travel after funeral services in the funeral home or church. The priest leading the ceremony will bless the site of interment and the body or cremains of the deceased before all attendees join together in saying a final “Our Father” to end the service.

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park is adept at planning funerals that honor all traditions, including Catholic funerals in San Mateo. For funeral planning assistance and more information about Catholic funeral services, please call (650) 349-4411.

  • Simplifying the Eulogy Writing Process

    A eulogy is an important part of many funeral services, but writing one can be challenging. Oftentimes, writing a eulogy requires you to carefully present your memories of a loved one during a time when you are coping with the grieving process. The good news is that you can simplify the writing and create a eulogy you feel confident about delivering.

    Watch this video to learn more about eulogy writing. Eulogies are typically presented during funeral services and include an overview of the deceased’s life, plus favorite memories. The best eulogies come from the heart, so feel free to be informal.

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park provides funeral services in San Mateo and can help with all stages of saying goodbye, from choosing between burial and cremation to planning the funeral ceremony. Learn more by calling (650) 349-4411.

  • Simplifying the Eulogy Writing Process

    A eulogy is an important part of many funeral services, but writing one can be challenging. Oftentimes, writing a eulogy requires you to carefully present your memories of a loved one during a time when you are coping with the grieving process. The good news is that you can simplify the writing and create a eulogy you feel confident about delivering.

    Watch this video to learn more about eulogy writing. Eulogies are typically presented during funeral services and include an overview of the deceased’s life, plus favorite memories. The best eulogies come from the heart, so feel free to be informal.

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park provides funeral services in San Mateo and can help with all stages of saying goodbye, from choosing between burial and cremation to planning the funeral ceremony. Learn more by calling (650) 349-4411.