Author Archives: Lauren


About Lauren

I'm a Southern California dreamer. Practicing yoga, exploring the outdoors, and having a good chat over coffee are some of the ways I like to recharge. Since starting at O'Connor Mortuary in February as a funeral service assistant, I have a new perspective of what time means and value the people in my life. I think it's amazing how the human spirit can be recharged from just a simple act of kindness. By working on services and helping families through one of their most difficult times, I truly have found my passion and am now training to become a funeral director.

A Buddhist Memorial Service: Making Time to Remember Years Later

It is Buddhist practice to hold a memorial service for loved ones every set number of years after their death. Recently, my family and I gathered for a memorial service for not just one family member but 3: my grandpa, … Continue reading

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3 Things We Say at the Mortuary

3 Things We Say at the Mortuary   Usually when people think of the funeral profession they think about the sadness associated with our position and have trouble going (or don’t want to go) beyond that. But beyond the grief … Continue reading

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Change of Seasons and 3 Ways to Embrace Autumn

Fall is my favorite time of year because it is nature’s pause. We start to see a beautiful transformation with the trees changing from a vibrant green to a crunchy orange. The carefree attitude of the summer months shift into … Continue reading

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Finding Comfort in Words, Not Possessions

I have been in spring-cleaning mode all the way through summer. After my mom died four years ago, our family kept our house like a museum. I don’t mean that things were neatly organized and everything was nicely displayed. I … Continue reading

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