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What to Consider When Choosing Funeral Flowers

When you receive a funeral invitation, there are a few things to keep in mind when ordering a funeral tribute. Most importantly, the deceased’s age, personality, faith, and culture should all be considered. Watch this video to learn more about how to choose flowers for a funeral service.

The white lily is considered a Christian symbol of bereavement and sorrow, but it is a suitable flower for funerals in many other faiths. It’s important to note, however, that some faiths do not traditionally accept flowers at funeral services. As for personality, choosing an arrangement made with the deceased’s favorite colors or flowers is an option. Before you begin the flower selection process, be sure that the invitation does not specify that charity donations are preferred over flowers.

At Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, we offer experienced cremation and funeral services near San Diego. For more information about funeral arrangements, please contact us by calling (619) 701-6473.

Memorialization Options at Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary

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While planning a funeral service for a loved one that has passed on, there are several decisions that you will need to make. One of these will be what type of memorialization you would prefer for the deceased individual. At Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, we offer several memorialization options for you to consider.

In Ground Burial
Greenwood Memorial Park provides a broad range of in ground burial options. Companion and family estates are available for in ground burials and are surrounded by the natural beauty that is provided by our well-maintained gardens. We also offer traditional and double depth burial spaces, upright memorials, and in ground cremation placement. These options offer families many choices and options to work with every family’s budget and needs.

Above Ground Entombment
Mausoleums are above ground structures that are designed to house the remains of 1 or more deceased individuals. Mausoleums can be used to enclose caskets if a below ground burial is not preferred, and are a good option for those who want guests to be able to easily visit the site of the deceased within an indoor environment. Families who are looking for an exclusive option sometimes choose private mausoleums, companion mausoleums, or private cremation estates to hold the remains of their deceased relatives.

Cremation Memorialization
If you are unsure which type of memorial you would like for your deceased loved one, then cremation services offer you a way to perform memorialization at any time. If you would like to house the deceased individual’s cremated remains at our memorial park, this can be done in a mausoleum, in ground plot, columbarium or niche, bench estate, or cremation boulder. Cremation memorialization gives you the opportunity to choose a memorial type whenever you are ready to do so.

At Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, we offer cremation and funeral services as well as many selections for personalized memorials at our memorial park near San Diego. To learn more about our memorialization options, you can reach us at (619) 701-6473.

Common Legal Issues Following a Death

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It can be a difficult time after the passing of a loved one, but knowing what steps you need to take can make the process a bit easier. In addition to planning the funeral service, there are sometimes legal issues that must be addressed. The following are a few of the matters that you should be aware of following a death:

The Acquisition of a Death Certificate
For the state of California, death certificates must be filed with the local registrar within 8 days of the individual’s passing, and before burial or cremation. If you will need more than 1 copy of the certificate, then the easiest way to get these is to request them at the time of death when working with the crematory, funeral home, or mortuary. To be able to order a certified death certificate, you will need to provide a notarized statement that shows you are entitled to the document.

The Need for Embalming
In the state of California, refrigeration or embalmment is required if final disposition of the body will not occur within 24 hours of the person’s passing unless the family will be performing a home funeral. Also, if the body will be transported by plane or some other common carrier, then embalming is required, and if this is not possible, then the body must be enclosed within an approved container.

The Need for a Casket
Families often have questions about whether or not they need a casket for the burial or cremation of a loved one. No law requires you to use a casket for the deceased burial but, it’s important to check with the regulations of the cemetery with which you are working. Also, no casket is required for cremation, but a container made from cardboard, fiberboard, pressed wood, or unfinished wood may be used.

Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary provides grief counseling, cremation services, and funeral services in San Diego. If you have lost a loved one and have questions about funeral planning, then please call us today at (619) 701-6473.

Quick Tips for Sympathy Acknowledgment Cards

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Have you recently held a funeral service for a deceased loved one? If so, then you may have questions about how to properly show your gratitude to everyone who gave their condolences. One of the best ways to can express your appreciation is through sympathy acknowledgment cards.

Plan to send a card to anyone who brought flowers, made donations, assisted during the services, sent personal condolence letters, or who shared meaningful words or memories about the deceased. The notes that you send should be personal but do not have to be long. Also, don’t feel discouraged if you need to take a bit of time following the funeral before you begin the task of writing sympathy acknowledgment cards.

If you have questions about pre-planning or planning a funeral, then please visit the Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary website for some helpful resources. For information regarding our cremation and funeral services near San Diego, please give our cemetery a call at (619) 701-6473.

The Dos and Don'ts of Scattering Ashes

Cremation and the scattering of ashes is a method that many families choose to honor their deceased loved ones. If you a planning a cremation ceremony, it’s important to know that although it’s not illegal to scatter ashes on public land, you may not erect a marker to memorialize the location. Also, some national parks offer permits for the scattering of cremated remains.

To learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do when scattering ashes, watch this video. During the cremation ceremony, be sure to scatter the ashes with your back to the wind, and to distribute the cremated remains evenly, rather than placing them all in 1 area. Also, some families choose to scatter the ashes in more than 1 location.

Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary offers funeral services as well as cremation services in San Diego. For more information, please call us today at (619) 701-6473.

Should You Send a Sympathy Gift?

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A sympathy gift is a physical expression of your sympathy and support for a family that has lost a loved one. While flowers are a traditional sympathy gift, food or toiletry baskets, memorial plaques, stones, or candles, and other small tokens can also provide grief support after a loss. You can opt to send a sympathy gift regardless of whether a family holds a memorial or funeral service, and you can also choose to send a gift regardless of whether you are able to attend funeral services. In some cases, families may ask for donations to a charity or group in lieu of flowers. However, you may still opt to send the family a gift in addition to your donation if you wish to make a physical gesture of sympathy as well.

If you want to offer support to a friend or coworker who has recently suffered a loss, Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary offers several sympathy gift options and other personalized memorial tokens. Please give us a call at (619) 701-6473, or visit our website to learn more about our funeral home and cemetery near San Diego, where you’ll also find information about grief support and funeral etiquette.

Arranging Cremation Ceremonies for a Loved One

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Cremation is a popular option that is often a personal preference expressed by an individual during life. Choosing cremation can also help families manage the costs associated with funeral services. Following cremation, you may opt to hold any type of funeral you like, from a traditional funeral service to a more informal cremation memorial ceremony for your loved one.

Funerals After Cremation
After cremation, you can still hold a funeral service for your loved one in keeping with family or religious traditions. If you wish, the cremated remains may be present in an urn or other container during this service. Alternatively, you may hold a less formal memorial service at the funeral home or at a place of your choosing, during which family and friends share memories or stories of the deceased and celebrate a life well-lived.

Burial After Cremation
Cremation does not eliminate the option of burial following a funeral or memorial service. Cremated remains may be buried in either a cemetery burial plot or a cremation garden plot. Alternatively, cremated remains may be stored in a columbarium, where family and friends are free to visit and pay their respects at any time. In many cases, burial following cremation can take place just like a traditional burial service with mourners in attendance.

Scattering After Cremation
Oftentimes, individuals opt to scatter some or all of a loved one’s remains during a cremation ceremony. Ashes may be scattered in a variety of locations, and your funeral home can help you determine whether a location of your choosing will legally allow you to hold a scattering ceremony and help you obtain a permit if necessary.

Do you have questions about cremation services in San Diego? You can reach an experienced staff member at Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary by phone at (619) 701-6473 for more information about cremation and burial, or to make funeral arrangements for a loved one. We also invite you to read through our blog for more ideas, inspiration, and support.

The Answers to Your Pre-Planning Questions

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Funeral pre-planning allows you to choose the type of funeral service and other arrangements you would like after your death; you may also pay for some or all of these funeral services ahead of time as well. Taking the time to plan for the funeral service you would like and discussing these wishes with your family can help to make the transition after your death easier and more meaningful for those you love.

Do I have to plan everything?
Pre-planning your funeral does not mean you need to determine every detail. You can work with your funeral home to develop a plan that meets your specific wishes, regardless of the level of planning you wish to complete. After you pass away, your family and your funeral home can determine the remaining details while following the wishes you have documented and purchased ahead of time.

How do I make sure my wishes will be followed?
After you’ve developed a plan or purchased funeral services from your funeral home, this information will be documented. You will receive receipts and other contact information, which should be kept in a safe place. Providing copies or information about where this information is located to one or more family members will ensure they know how to find your funeral pre-planning arrangements and can contact your funeral home to follow your wishes.

What are my choices?
Pre-planning a funeral allows you to take advantage of any and all funeral services offered by your funeral home, including body preparation and burial, cremation, and memorial services. Regardless of whether you want to be cremated or buried, your funeral home can help you arrange for the services you want to ensure you are able to make the choice that best fits you and your family.

At Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, we have the resources to help you pre-plan your funeral near San Diego. Our services include burial, cremation, veteran’s honors, and more to help you create a personalized memorial that fits. You can find out more about us on the web, or by calling (619) 701-6473.

Factors to Consider When Planning the Visitation

Many funeral services are preceded by a visitation or wake, during which family and friends pay their respects to the deceased. A wake can provide people with personal closure by allowing them to visit with the deceased, as well as create a quiet time to offer support and sympathy to the surviving family.

This video explains the purpose of a wake and how to plan this event. Some families opt to hold a wake in their own home at a time that is convenient for visitors, while others choose to hold the wake in the funeral home before the memorial service begins.

Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary can help your family with funeral services that include funeral insurance policies and funeral pre-planning near San Diego. You can reach us by phone at (619) 701-6473 for help getting started, or click through our website to explore our burial and cremation services.

Demonstrating Respect at a Funeral

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When attending a funeral service, it’s common for people to worry about saying or doing something that might offend the mourning family. However, by following a few simple guidelines, you can help ensure that you respectfully show your grief over the loss of the deceased.

Express your sympathy.
While it doesn’t have to be elaborate, it’s important to express your sympathy in some way. Just a few understanding words are enough to show the surviving family your respect for the deceased and your sympathy regarding their loss. During the funeral service, make a point to listen attentively and remain polite with your words.

Wear appropriate clothing.
When it comes to attire, what is considered respectful or not has changed drastically in recent years. For example, at some funerals, wearing black is not required, and still others will include a request for no black to be worn at all. The funeral announcement is likely to contain information about any particular dress code guidelines. Even if black is not required, bear in mind that it can be viewed as more respectful to not wear anything too wild or brash to the funeral.

Give a gift.
By bringing or sending an offering to the family, you can help express your respect for the deceased. In some cases, the family will prefer donations to a designated charity, rather than gifts or flowers. If this is the case, you should find the charity noted in the funeral announcement.

Introduce Yourself
When attending a funeral service, stepping into the receiving line and expressing your sympathy, name, and relationship with the deceased to the surviving family is an ideal way of showing your respect. Additionally, be sure to sign the register book before you depart. By leaving your name and how you knew the deceased, you can help the surviving family identify and reach out to friends and acquaintances.

Greenwood Memorial Park offers several beautiful funeral ceremonies in San Diego. If you are planning a funeral, call us today at (619) 701-6473 to learn about our services.

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