• Writing a Thoughtful Condolence Card

    In the wake of a person’s death, it’s customary to send the family a condolence or sympathy card. This is especially important if you are unable to go to the funeral home for the visitation or to the memorial park for the burial. It’s often difficult to know what to write in a condolence card, as there are no words that can take away the pain of loss. But you can get a few ideas by watching this brief video.

    This professional writer recommends avoiding language that is overly poetic. Instead, write in an accessible manner to express your genuine sympathy for the family. You may wish to share a special memory that you have of the decedent.

    Visit the online Sympathy Store at Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary to select a thoughtful condolence gift or floral arrangement. If you need assistance with planning a funeral and live near San Diego, call our full-service funeral home at (619) 701-6473.

  • 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.

  • Designing a Floral Casket Spray

    Flowers are a traditional part of many services and are frequently displayed both in the funeral home during the visitation and on the casket during the service. If you wish to design a floral casket spray for a loved one’s funeral service, this video will walk you through the process.

    Casket sprays are designed to be long and low, so that they can be easily transported with caskets to the cemetery. Traditionally, greenery and white flowers are used, but you can also incorporate the flowers and colors that the person who has passed enjoyed.

    At Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, we can help with every stage of planning a funeral in San Diego, from choosing burial plots to grief counseling. To contact our funeral home, please call (619) 701-6473.

  • Answering Common Questions About Cremation

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    Whether you are planning a funeral service for a deceased loved one or are looking into funeral pre-planning for yourself, you might be interested in cremation. This option is a popular choice for many different reasons and provides comfort to many after losing a loved one. Keep reading to get the answers to some of the most common questions about cremation:

    What is cremation?
    Cremation is an alternative to traditional burial that involves burning dead bodies at such a high temperature that only ash is left once the process is completed. When cremation is chosen, the body is taken to a crematorium that contains a unique kind of furnace designed specifically for this process.

    Why do people choose cremation?
    People choose cremation for a variety of reasons. This option is typically less expensive than traditional burial, making it a smarter choice for many families. It is also considered more eco-friendly than burial in the ground, which is why many people consider it the ideal choice for themselves or their loved ones. Choosing cremation also makes it easier to plan a memorial without having to worry about sticking to a strict schedule.

    What happens after cremation?
    The cremated remains are typically kept in a container called an urn, which can be put on display in a home or in another special spot. Cremated remains can also be placed into jewelry and other more modern options. Family members can also split up the cremated remains so everyone gets to keep some to put in a special spot or spread around.

    Can you still plan a funeral if you choose cremation?
    You can still plan a funeral or other memorial service for your lost loved one even if you’ve chosen cremation. This service should honor your lost loved one and give everyone a chance to say goodbye.

    If you want to learn more about cremation services in San Diego, you can contact Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary. We offer a variety of funeral services, including cremation ceremonies, personalized memorials, and grief support. Give us a call today at (619) 701-6473.

  • Preparing Children for Attending a Funeral

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    Death can be a difficult concept for children to understand. That is why it’s important for parents to talk to children after losing a loved one and give them an idea of what to expect during the funeral service. This can help children act properly while at the funeral home as well as give them a sense of comfort after losing a loved one.

    Start by making sure your child knows what it means when someone dies. See if they have any questions you can answer, and if you’re unsure, you can talk to them about what you think happens after death. Next, explain to your child that funeral services are designed so family and friends can gather to say goodbye to the deceased. Talk about what type of clothing you’ll wear, how you will behave in the funeral home, and what happens if you choose to go to the burial plot.

    If you want to learn more about funeral arrangements at a cemetery near San Diego, Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary can help. Call us at (619) 701-6473 to get answers to your funeral planning questions.

  • Tips for Displaying Proper Etiquette at a Funeral

    If you are getting ready to attend the funeral of a lost loved one, it is important to know how to properly act during this event. Following proper etiquette during a funeral service will help you comfort the family of the deceased and express your condolences in a respectful manner.

    You can learn about proper funeral service etiquette by watching this video. It is always a good idea to wear a black suit or dress unless otherwise specified. Attend the visitation at the funeral home before attending the burial. Offer your support to the family of the deceased, and avoid saying any clichés that might make them feel worse.

    Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary can help with funeral services in San Diego. If you want to learn more about our funeral arrangement options, you can call us today at (619) 701-6473.