• 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.