• Coping with the Death of a Loved One

    Losing someone you care about can be extremely difficult, but there are ways to get through the funeral service and cope in a healthy way. Take a look at this video clip for tips on coping with the death of a loved one.

    It’s never easy to lose a loved one. However, it helps to know what steps to take so you can get through the grieving process as easily as possible. Everyone has different ways of coping with a loss, so you’ll need to find out what works for you. Hold a thoughtful funeral service, make a collage of pictures of the departed, or seek grief counseling for help and advice.

    Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary specializes in funeral pre-planning in San Diego. If you would like to learn more about our crematorium or grief support, feel free to give us a call at (619) 701-6473 or visit our website today.

  • Spotlight on Ben Janzen-Bereavement Services Manager for VITAS Healthcare in San Diego

    Greenwood Memorial Park In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Greenwood Memorial Park wishes to acknowledge Ben Janzen & Dr. Theol. Ph.D. of VITAS Healthcare in San Diego for his accomplishments in hospice and palliative care. Ben has worked in hospice for 6 years, starting as an intern within the Clinical Pastoral Education department. Ben provides information about his experiences in an interview:

    What is Hospice?
    Hospice care is for patients with terminal illnesses. Ben explains that it is an end-of-life option that focuses on providing comfort and quality of life to patients who can’t be cured of their conditions. The benefit of hospice is that it allows patients to experience familiarity and comfort. The care is provided by an entire team of doctors, hospice aids, social workers, chaplains, and trained volunteers.

    Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Services Manager Roles
    A hospice chaplain offers spiritual care services to hospice patients. They serve patients of all different cultural and faith backgrounds, meeting them where they are without imposing beliefs or agendas. After the passing of the patient, chaplains offer grief support to the family and help with memorial services.

    A Rewarding Career
    Ben was intrigued to work in hospice because he realized the uniqueness of the field. He feels honored to be able to make a difference to families in tough situations. He says the gratitude and feedback he receives makes it all worth it. Ben’s goal is to help everyone in need of hospice, a goal that he has held onto since he first entered the profession.

    To learn more, read the full interview on our website.

  • Your Representative’s Role in Funeral Pre-Planning

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    Are you thinking about taking advantage of funeral pre-planning? If so, then you may be wondering what steps you need to take during this process. One important aspect for you to consider is the role of your representative.

    When you pre-plan a funeral, plan to arrange and delegate certain responsibilities for others to handle upon your passing. In addition to informing your family members about your decision to make funeral arrangements, you should also select a personal representative. This individual should be given a list of any important information, such as insurance policies, properties, and bank accounts. Your personal representative will also be responsible for contacting the Social Security Administration following your death, as well as any organizations from which you may be receiving benefits.

    If you’re interested in funeral pre-planning in San Diego, then please give Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary a call at (619) 701-6473. We can provide you with the tools and advice that you need to pre-arrange your funeral services.

  • Exploring Options for Storing a Deceased Loved One’s Cremated Remains

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    Are you planning a cremation ceremony for a deceased loved one? If so, then you may have questions about the process. Continue reading to learn about your options for storing the ashes following the funeral service.

    Cremation Niches
    Cremation niches are small closets that are designed to house an urn holding a deceased individual’s ashes, and they provide families with an ideal location to come and visit the resting placed of a loved one who has passed on. You can find niches that form outdoor memorial structures, and also ones that are housed indoors inside memorial buildings. Also, some niches are climate controlled or have glass fronts. Opting for a glass front niche allows you to add and view several mementos, such as plaques, photos, or some of the deceased’s treasured belongings. By decorating a cremation niche in this way, you can enjoy seeing your loved one’s funeral urn surrounded by pictures of his family and some of the items that he loved within a protected environment.

    Columbarium Storage
    Another method of storing the ashes of a deceased loved one is in a columbarium. Columbaria are rooms or structures that are designed to house at least one funeral urn. Columbaria have one or more niches in which the urns are placed. Some families prefer this option because it allows them to store the funeral urns of their family members in a single location.

    Cremation Garden
    At some cemeteries, you will find that cremation garden funeral urn storage is one of the available options. These gardens usually have a number of different memorialization methods, such as memory books, niches, cored boulders, cremation benches, and cremation arbors.

    Another option that you might find in a cremation garden is an ossuary, which is a building or structure built to hold cremated remains.

    At Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, we provide a broad range of cremation services in San Diego. If you would like to learn about our cremation garden, niches, or columbaria, then please call us today at (619) 701-6473.

  • Interview with Abby Murphy-Director of Development for Lightbridge

    It’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month! Greenwood Memorial Park wants to acknowledge Abby Murphy, Director of Development for the LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, for her accomplishments in hospice and palliative care. Abby has worked with LightBridge for more than four years. She reveals some insights about her work in an interview:

    Taking Care of Herself
    To be able to effectively take care of her patients, Abby must also take care of herself, which can be challenging at times. She relies on several routines to keep herself emotionally healthy, such as meditating daily, praying as often as she can, and enjoying the beauty of San Diego County. She says these habits help her to be fully present when she is with patients.

    Great Relationships
    Abby stresses the importance of having great relationships with her patients. She claims that the key to these meaningful connections is to realize that it is a gift to be in the presence of her patients and that each person is a remarkable human being. She also believes that everyone involved in the hospice journey is connected at special level-one that doesn’t fade over time.

    Growth Over Time
    Abby has changed and grown immensely in her time with LightBridge. She says she was very nervous with her first patient, as she had never had such an experience with someone she didn’t know. She has since grown more comfortable during her visits. She also has come to realize the importance of giving every patient her total attention and helping the loved ones be at ease.

    To learn more about Abby and LightBridge Hospice, read her full interview on our website!

  • What You Can Do to Support a Bereaved Friend

    Funeral Home San Diego Losing someone close can be traumatic and life-changing. If you have a close friend that is planning a cremation or funeral service following the death of someone that she holds dear, then consider the following advice when providing her with support.

    Stay in the present.
    When you see your friend in a great deal of pain, you may find it tempting to talk about how things will be better soon. Because what the future holds is unknown, words like these may not provide her with any comfort. Also, saying that the deceased individual is in a better place or had completed what they came to do can also be more harmful than helpful, even when done with the best of intentions. Instead of speaking about what you do not know, stay present with your friend through the emotions that she is experiencing.

    Focus on your friend.
    As your friend experiences her grief after losing a loved one, you are likely to have some issues of your own rise to the surface. Although you may feel it’s a good time to talk about a similar loss that you went through and how it affected you, keep in mind that your friend’s emotional wound is fresh and she is handling her emotions surrounding this death for the first time. Because of this, she may struggle to respond to your stories with the responses you expect, which can lead to hurt feelings. Instead, keep the focus on your friend while she is grieving.

    Anticipate your friend’s needs.
    While it’s good to let your friend know that you are available for her at any time, do try to anticipate her needs. She may not think to ask for help while coping with the loss, so offer to help by running errands, assisting with meals, or babysitting.

    If you or someone that you know is planning a funeral, then consider turning to Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary. We provide a number of cremation services and unique funeral ceremonies in San Diego. To find out more, please give us a call at (619) 701-6473.