• Arranging a Cremation

    In many ways, arranging cremation services is a similar process to that of planning a burial. You should expect to meet with the funeral director to plan the service and cremation and to file for the death certificate and any necessary permits. Watch this video to learn more about arranging a cremation.

    A direct cremation refers to cremation services that do not involve visitation or a funeral ceremony. Cremation can also follow a funeral and ceremony, which requires planning a traditional funeral and arranging for the cremation to follow. After the cremation, the ashes are returned to the family.

    Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has an onsite crematorium to help ensure that the process is carried out properly and with care. If you would like more information about our funeral home and cremation services in San Mateo, please contact us today at (650) 349-4411.

  • Chung Yeung 2016 at Skylawn Memorial Park

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    Thank you to everyone that came out to our annual Chung Yeung celebration at Skylawn Memorial Park. Chung Yeung is also known as the Autumn Remembrance which falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese Lunar calendar. Similar to Ching Ming, Chung Yeung is a day where families visit the grave sites of their loved ones and engage in age-old practices of ancestor worship. Some of the customs for Chung Yeung involve climbing a mountain, enjoying Chrysanthemum and drinking Chrysanthemum wine. The ritual of climbing a mountain is considered good luck. Chung Yeung is not only celebrated in China but is a global celebration. For more information on Chung Yeung or to learn more about our locations please visit any of the links provided.

  • Examining the Early Stages of Grief

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    When arranging funeral services for a loved one who has passed on, making any necessary decisions while coping with your grief can be incredibly challenging. However, being aware of the early stages of grief can make it easier to understand what you are feeling and manage your emotions during this period.

    Following the death of a loved one, many people experience denial, isolation, anger, and depression. These feelings are completely normal, but there are some steps that you can take to cope with your grief. Know that it’s okay to cry and reach out to your friends and family when you need to talk. Also, remember to eat and drink regularly, get plenty of rest, and continue to exercise if that is a normal part of your routine.

    If you are planning a funeral service for a deceased loved one, then consider choosing Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park for this process. We offer helpful resources and online grief counseling in San Mateo to help you cope during this difficult time. Please give us a call at (650) 349-4411 to learn more about the grief support and green burial services offered by our funeral home.

  • Understanding Jewish Funeral Customs

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    When a Jewish person passes, the body is considered to be as sacred as a Torah scroll. For this reason, the body must be handled with the respect one would show a Torah. To help ensure this, Jewish funeral services traditionally adhere to a strong set of beliefs and practices based on the Torah. Continue reading to learn more about Jewish funeral traditions.

    Because unnatural materials will prevent the body from returning to the Earth as quickly as it is able, Jewish law prohibits the use of anything not completely degradable in the composition of the casket. Also, Jewish funerals focus on respecting the deceased, so the casket is not opened for viewing, as this is considered disrespectful. Also, you are not likely to see many flowers at a Jewish funeral, although an arrangement is sometimes placed on top of the casket. The funeral service typically consists of Scripture readings, the recitation of Psalms, and a reading of the eulogy. Before or following the service, mourners will perform K’riah , which is the ritual of tearing their clothing, although some people choose to wear a black ribbon.

    After the casket is lowered and buried, a mourners’ prayer is recited. Once the burial is complete, it is traditional for those in attendance who are not mourners to form double lines facing each other in what is called a Shura , through which the mourners pass. At Jewish funerals, it is customary that words of comfort not be offered to those in mourning until the deceased is buried. Jews do not view death as a tragedy, and they believe that the deceased’s soul continues to be aware of what goes on in the lives of his or her loved ones. Jewish funeral traditions are a testament to the great value placed on the life of each individual.

    At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we offer many options for unique funeral services and beautiful memorials. If you are planning a Jewish funeral near San Matteo, then please call us today at (650) 349-4411 to learn more about our funeral home and memorial park.

  • Exploring Environmentally-Friendly Funeral Options

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    Today, many people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment, and this can extend to funerals, as well. If you’re pre-planning your funeral and would like to choose eco-friendly methods, then you have several green burial services from which to choose.

    Burial Materials
    According to the Green Burial Council, which is currently the organization that sets the standards for green burials in North America, you can judge whether a product is suitable for a green burial by determining if is made from materials that are easily biodegradable and non-toxic. Additionally, the materials need to have been harvested in an eco-friendly manner that does not unnecessarily destroy natural habitats. The Green Burial Council lists many products that have been determined to meet green burial standards.

    Embalming Fluid
    Traditionally, deceased individuals that are to be buried are treated with embalming fluid to help preserve the body until the funeral is complete. Unfortunately, normal embalming fluid contains formaldehyde, which is a chemical that has carcinogenic effects, making it an unfavorable material for funeral home workers and the environment. Due to concerns about the dangers of embalming fluid, there are now several embalming fluids available that are free of formaldehyde and made with eco-friendly and non-toxic biodegradable oils.

    Cemetery Choice
    For anyone interested in planning a green burial, it is beneficial to work with a cemetery that is Green Burial Council certified. This certification means that the cemetery operators have agreed to meet certain eco-friendly standards and that future owners will adhere to specific environmentally-friendly practices. These cemeteries are held accountable through third party oversight and limit burial density on their grounds to help protect the local ecosystem.

    If you are interested in planning a green funeral, then consider choosing Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park. We offer many options for environmentally-friendly funeral services and are one of the few Green Burial Council certified cemeteries on the west coast. Please give us a call at (650) 349-4411 to learn more about our services for green burials near San Mateo.