Author Archives: Lori


About Lori

I was born in Long Beach, raised in Cypress and ventured to South Orange County in 1999. I'm a member of Saddleback Church and through volunteering in the Memorial Ministry I was introduced to Neil O'Connor. Neil decided to bring me on board even despite my endless badgering at our first meeting. I am the Director of Care Coordination and also fill the roles of Memorial Marker Design Specialist, Weekend Receptionist and Blog Team Member. Never did I expect a mortuary would be the place I would find my dream job. I feel extremely blessed by the relationships I have formed at O'Connor with the team and the families we are privileged to serve. I now live in Aliso Viejo with my beloved pups Max and Bella. Free time, though often hard to come by, is mostly spent with friends. The Bible verse I live by - I can do everything through him who gives me strength Philippians 4:13

Grandma and “My Girl” – How A 2 Year Old Broke Through to A 100 Year Old Heart

I started babysitting my friend’s daughter, Malia, when she was three months old. The first time was as a favor because her parents could not find a sitter for the day. The next time was just for fun since I … Continue reading

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Connection and Kindness: How We’re Different

We love feedback and part of my job at O’Connor is to meet with families we have recently served to collect their responses, experiences & stories of their time with us. I love asking the question, “So, why O’Connor?” Many … Continue reading

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“I Would Think Your Job Would be Very Depressing”

  I recently sat with a lady who is trying desperately to reconcile the unexpected death of her husband. She nervously fidgeted and took notes on each of the points we discussed on who she should contact now that she … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to “Amber, Pamber, Peaches, Pumpkin, Pie” & 5 Ways to Pay Tribute to Your Beloved Pet

I call my friend Betty my “California Mom”. We met over seven years ago serving together at church. One of many reasons we bonded immediately is due to our love for dogs.  Neither of us would be offended if you … Continue reading

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Getting To The Heart of Designing The Perfect Grave Marker

I began my career with O’Connor Mortuary at precisely the right time. My boss, Neil O’Connor, is an idea man and to my benefit, one of his better ideas was that all of our orders for grave markers should be … Continue reading

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The Gift of Reconciliation & My Mother: Reflections & Resolutions

The Gift of Reconciliation, Reunion and How It Will Shape My New Year’s Resolution In October I wrote a post about the potential of losing a loved one at the holidays. While I am writing this, my grandmother is still … Continue reading

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As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver Today I had to take my car to the dealer for an 80,000 mile service.  I was given a voucher for a complimentary rental car.  I gave … Continue reading

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Life Changes in an Instant: When We Are Faced With the Possibility of Losing a Loved One During the Holidays

The first day of Autumn has come and gone. Years of experience tells me that it is a downhill slide into the holiday season. The time of hustle and bustle has arrived. The streets, malls and restaurants will all be … Continue reading

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“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”: 5 Things You Can Do To Bounce Back From The Blues

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” 5 Things You Can Do To Bounce Back From The Blues   Something that may surprise those who interact with me on a daily basis is that I once suffered from debilitating … Continue reading

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“I Just Need a Little of Your Time”: 3 Ways to Give the Gift of You

Have you ever felt so strongly that God is trying to tell you something? You know the feeling I’m talking about? I’m referring to those times when He puts it in your face until you get the recurring theme. I … Continue reading

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