• 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.