News & Events

Skylawn gives every family in our community unique opportunities to learn, share and remember through our news & events. Each of our educational, grief support and remembrance events is designed to appeal to a wide age range — and it is our intention to enrich lives, educate minds and ease sorrows.  We invite you to check in regularly to get details about upcoming events and learning opportunities.


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    08 Nov

    Year-End Savings Event

    Pre-arrange now and take advantage of these great offers for a limited time: 15% off funeral, cremation and cemetery plans* Additional 5% off for Veterans and First Responders* Convenient monthly payments* 36 month interest rebate* Call 650.389.5837 today to save!   Request more information about these special offers: *Offer ends December 31, 2018. Applies to pre-arranged plans

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  • 01 Jan

    New Year’s Day Kite Flying

    Come Fly A Kite on New Year’s Day Welcome the new year at our 3rd Annual New Year’s Day Kite Flying event on the vast and breezy grounds of Skylawn Memorial Park. Bring the family and come fly a kite in memory of your loved ones. Start the new year off with a meaningful tribute

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  • The Swedish Art of Death Cleaning: Is It For You?

    The Swedish Art of Death Cleaning: Is It For You?

    The Swedish practice of dostadning — otherwise known as “death cleaning — is gaining popularity in the United States, and it’s not as morbid as it sounds.  Explained by Swedish author Margareta Magnusson in her book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, dostadning is the process of minimizing in preparation for the end of life. It’s all about beginning to downsize in order to make life easier for

  • How to Comfort Bereaved Parents

    How to Comfort Bereaved Parents

    Losing a loved one is always difficult and painful. Losing a child can be a particularly devastating loss. How can you help parents who have experienced this kind of tragedy?  It’s not difficult to find a way to reach out. The important thing is to make an effort to let the grieving parents know you care. 

  • How to Reach Out During the Holidays

    How to Reach Out During the Holidays

    For many of us, the holidays are a warm and happy time. We gather with loved ones, fondly remember holidays past and celebrate the cheer of the season.   People who are struggling with grief or depression, however, don’t often see the holidays that way. Especially if the loss of a loved one is fresh, the person might be

  • Jeffrey Abitsch

    Jeffrey Abitsch

    Jeffrey Abitsch passed away November 11, 2018. Arrangements have been entrusted to Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Highway 92 @ Skyline Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402 650-349-4411. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as they become available.

  • Aretha Franklin and John McCain: Grieving the Loss of Two Legends

    Aretha Franklin and John McCain: Grieving the Loss of Two Legends

    August this year saw the death of two legendary Americans: the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, to pancreatic cancer on August 16, and war hero and politician John McCain, to brain cancer on August 29.  These two strong-minded people had very different funerals.   Aretha Franklin’s lasted for eight hours and featured musical performances by a wide range of artists including Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and Faith Hill.

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