Tag Archives: Community

Handling the Holidays: Adjusting to the Loss

  For some of you, this is not the first holiday where you will be missing people you love. You “survived” the holidays last year but maybe just barely. Perhaps you feel like you can’t get in the spirit of … Continue reading

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25 Years + 1 Mortuary = A Career of Meaning

Monday, December 1st, marked the 25th Work-iversary of Jeff Turner, our Chief Administrative Officer! Feeling that this event merited more than a celebratory lunch, speech and many “Congratulations,” we decided a blog was in order. We have all pooled together … Continue reading

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When Two Roads Converge: A Celebrant’s Process

I’ve often thought it’s unfortunate that people only think about death when they think of a mortuary or cemetery.  Why not think about life…a place where life is celebrated in all its beauty? I’ve spent the last 9 years as … Continue reading

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You Know You’re in SoCal for Christmas If . . .

If you’ve lived in California long enough, you’ll be nodding & laughing as you read down the list of only in Southern California Christmas Traditions:   – If you go see the lights in Naples – it’s worth the drive … Continue reading

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The Latte that Changed My Thanksgiving

  I was with my daughter a couple of weeks ago, driving my 3 Grandchildren to school. On the way I asked if we could stop at Starbucks and get a Latte. We had a few extra minutes, so she … Continue reading

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“Their house is gone”: Lessons in Facing Tragedy

I’ll never forget hearing that phrase, “Their house is gone.” I had been watching news coverage of the Silver Fire in Banning, CA all day long, vigilant because of dear friends living in that area.  With my calls going straight … Continue reading

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How Halloween Came to Be

 **For a great listing of local Halloween festivities, click here or here. Halloween-time is my favorite time of the year. Admittedly, I’m more in love with the harvest look that shakes the trees, the colder weather, and the infamous PSL, … Continue reading

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Diversity in Death: Lessons Learned from A Giant, 2 Families, and a Hare Krishna

Diversity is a constant in life. It teaches us how to be flexible under stress, to appreciate ourselves and each other. Diversity tells us that it’s OK to be curious and ask questions, to live and let live. Diversity isn’t … Continue reading

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“Who Wants to go on a Coroner Tour?!”

I don’t know how you would respond to this question, but I jumped at the opportunity. Becky, our Director of Community Development, set up this tour and although she was met with some resistance, she filled up the spots with … Continue reading

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Meet our Administrative Professionals

We want you to meet the women behind-the-scenes here at O’Connor Mortuary. These 5 ladies work full-time to be the first to answer the phone, prepare and file  all of our  paperwork, ensure quality & efficiency, and most of all, … Continue reading

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