• Factors to Consider Before Scattering Cremated Remains

    Cremation San Diego One of the many reasons families choose cremation is to have the option of scattering the cremains. Many people have a preference for having their cremains scattered, whether they include this wish in funeral pre-planning or they talk about it with their loved ones before they pass. Although the symbolism of scattering cremains can be beautiful, there are also practical concerns to keep in mind. Your funeral home can help you understand some of the issues involved with scattering cremains. Considering these factors will also help:

    Locations can change.
    When you decide to scatter cremains on a piece of land, be mindful that the use of the land may change in the future. For instance, if you put a loved one’s cremains by a favorite tree behind his or her home, what happens when that home has to be sold and you no longer can visit the property? If you scatter cremains in a public garden, the land could be paved over for another use in the future. Try to pick a location that is likely to remain unchanged, or consider how you will feel if it eventually morphs into something else.

    Cremains are heavier than ashes.
    Most people envision cremains as a small pile of ashes, but in reality, they are heavier, and they are usually not smooth. For some people, seeing the cremains can be more upsetting than anticipated because they do not look or feel like they imagined. In other instances, the weight and texture of cremains can pose practical issues when scattering. When you scatter cremains, most of them are likely to fall and settle on the ground, rather than blow away.

    It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
    In the event that the family does not agree on where to scatter cremains or whether to scatter them at all, the cremains can be divided. You may choose to scatter them in more than one location, or you may divide them between family members who may prefer to keep a portion of the cremains in an urn.

    Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary is here to answer all of your questions about cremation in San Diego, including how to make plans for the cremains. We can assist with cremation ceremonies, funeral services, and much more. For help making funeral arrangements, call (619) 701-6473.

  • Greenwood’s Royal Resident

    It was nearly 80 years ago when Europe found itself once again embroiled in war, with Nazi Germany and the axis powers on the rise. Poland was under imminent threat, and its unique geographic location made it a prime target for Germany and Russia. Only a few people had the means to escape Poland before the invasion, and Polish princess Filomena Wojciechowski Sledzinski and her husband, John Sledzinski fled in 1939, just before the invasion.

    Princess Filomena was born in 1876, and was married in her native Poland to her husband John. They were lucky to escape Europe, where many of their fellow Poles were sent deep into the Russian interior to work in the Siberian Gulag, and millions perished. They left their privileged lives behind, and at 63 years old, Princess Filomena settled just outside of San Diego, CA in the city of Lemon Grove.

    After only a short 2 years, Princess Filomena died and was buried near the home she shared with her husband on their 6 acre property. Her husband John joined her in death 7 years later, and was buried next to his Princess. A Polish flag flew over their graves, until the construction of a new highway on-ramp required they be moved.

    There is a local legend that says the princess is buried underneath the on-ramp to Route 94, but she and her husband were relocated to Greenwood Memorial Park. That urban legend has long been debunked.

    Princess Filomena’s and John’s graves were exhumed, and they were laid in their final resting places at Greenwood Memorial Park. They are buried side by side in the Rest Haven section, lot 750, grave 3. Like all who rest at Greenwood, their gravestones are well cared for, and kept in beautiful condition. Visitation is available from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year for those who’d like to pay respect to Greenwood’s Polish Princess.

  • Steps to Take When a Hospice Patient Dies at Home

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    When a death happens at home, it can be confusing and distressing. Fortunately, when the patient was under hospice care, help is available from the hospice team. The funeral home you choose can also help guide you through making the proper arrangements, before, during, and after the funeral service. After a hospice patient dies at home, these are the next steps to take:

    Call the Hospice Team
    Typically, when someone dies at home, the initial response is to call 911. However, when the person was receiving hospice care, the first call should be the hospice team. The hospice care providers will facilitate the next steps on your behalf, such as removing the deceased from the home and taking him or her to the funeral home of your choice. The hospice team should also be aware of any desire the deceased had to donate his or her organs. They will also ensure that this happens in accordance with the deceased wishes.

    Contact the Funeral Home
    The hospice will work with the funeral home to receive the deceased, but you will need to contact them to begin funeral planning. When planning a funeral, you will need to make decisions about the date, types of services, and burial or cremation. If your loved one pre-planned his or her funeral, many of these decisions will be made for you. If you need to start from the beginning, the funeral home will walk you through the process and assist you in any way necessary.

    Obtain Death Certificates
    Death certificates are extremely important to have when you begin to settle your loved one’s affairs, such as closing accounts, transferring ownership of property, and obtaining benefits and insurance payments. Typically, you can order certified copies of the death certificate from the hospice. You can usually also order them from the funeral home.

    Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary knows how distressing this time can be, and our funeral home in San Diego can offer assistance during the planning process as well as grief support services you may need. You can learn more about our funeral home services by calling (619) 701-6473.

  • Should You Tell Your Family About Your Pre-Need Plans?

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    Funeral pre-planning is a final gesture of love and support for your family. It relieves them of the burden of making decisions about funeral arrangements when they are coping with the newness of losing you, and it also helps to alleviate their worry about not planning the kinds of funeral services you would have wanted. Although discussing funeral pre-planning may not always be easy, talking to your family about your plan is important.

    Although your funeral home will keep your pre-need plans and can provide them to your family, at least 1 family member should know that your plans exist, so that he or she can access them after your death. Often, people find it helpful to discuss their plans with all of their close family members, so everyone understands their wishes.

    Let Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary help you with funeral pre-planning in San Diego, including providing assistance with funeral insurance policies that can help cover the costs of your burial or cremation. Start the planning process today by calling (619) 701-6473.

  • Bible Mausoleum at Greenwood Memorial Park

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    It was 1957 when Greenwood decided on the construction of what would be known as one of the largest Mausoleums in the World. This building would be known as the Bible Mausoleum. The construction on The Bible Mausoleum began in 1958. When completed it would contain 44,000 crypts, covering two full acres of ground. The design of the Bible Mausoleum would be in modern Greek style with twelve corridors with four different floors.

    One of the unique features of the Bible Mausoleum would be of the sculptures in the building which were commissioned by Greenwood and created in Carrara Italy, using their famed Carrara marble to create these beautiful sculptures. The Carrara marble is the same marble Michelangelo used for many of his pieces. Among the beautiful pieces there is a full-sized replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

    Upon its completion in 1970, our Bible Mausoleum was featured in LIFE Magazine as “The World’s Largest Mausoleum. With its unique architecture and for its art treasures The Bible Mausoleum continues to be the most beautiful building in Greenwood and a major cultural contribution to San Diego.