About Us

Our Commitment to our Community and Local Professionals

Martin Luther King, Jr. once asked, “What are you doing for others?” We answered that question by developing a community awards program, as well as in-depth educational workshops and seminars.  This commitment to community and professional has become a hallmark in our industry.

What's Happening?

O'Connor Mortuary is pleased to offer a wide variety of both on-going and seasonal events. We invite you to return often to see what’s coming up on our calendar. If you’d like to keep up-to-date, we invite you to visit us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

November Events

  • RCFE Workshop with Dr. Hoy
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 : 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


    Location: Hospice Care of the West
    Topic: To be Announced

    This program has been approved for 2.0 hours of continuing education by the California Department of Social Services for RCFE administrator recertification.

  • Community Presentation with Dr. Hoy
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 : 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


    This event is open to EVERYONE!

    Location: St. Hedwig's Catholic Church
    Topic: Handling the Holidays: Seven Proven Principles for Growing through Grief during the Holidays

  • Community Event
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014


    *Time to be Announced
    Location: Temple Beth El
    Topic: Handling the Holidays: Seven Proven Principles for Growing through Grief during the Holidays

  • Hospice and Professional Workshop with Dr. Hoy
    Thursday, November 13, 2014 : 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM


    Location: Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
    Topic: To be Announced

    This program is approved for 3.0 contact hours of continuing education for nurses, social workers, marriage & family therapists, and many other professionals. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 13486) and by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE894)

December Events

  • Holiday Remembrance Service
    Tuesday, December 02, 2014 : 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    O’Connor Mortuary invites you to attend our annual
    Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 in the evening
    The Laguna Hills Community Center
    25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, 92653
    - Registration begins at 6:30 -

    Please RSVP by Friday, November 28th to Becky by phone: (949) 581-4300 or email:
    blomaka@oconnormortuary.com

  • Angel of Hope
    Saturday, December 06, 2014 : 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    Please join us as we come together as friends and parents to remember our children on the

    13th Anniversary of the
    “ANGEL OF HOPE”
    CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

    Saturday – December 6, 2014 – 7:00pm
    at
    El Toro Memorial Park
    25751 Trabuco Road
    Lake Forest, CA 92630

    The Angel of Hope monument is a place for grieving parents to gather who have lost a child of any age, for any reason. There are more than 120 angels throughout the world; the Lake Forest angel being the only monument in Southern California. The 4 foot 3 inch bronze statue of a child with her arms and wings outstretched stands on a granite pedestal inscribed …
    ANGEL OF HOPE
    Our Children,
    Loved,
    Missed and
    Remembered

    There are over 250 bricks set at the base of the angel, inscribed with the names of children who have died but have not been forgotten. The annual Memorial Service is an opportunity for parents and friends to gather to remember these children who have left our lives too soon.

    Candles will be handed out to the adults.
    Our program is scheduled, rain or shine.
    For your convenience, please bring a flashlight and/or chair.

    For more information on the “Angel of Hope” monument and
    the annual memorial service, please visit
    www.careandkindness.org/angelofhope
    or contact Lisa Popper at (714) 658-0797


Our Education and Empowerment Programs

Since 1999, O'Connor Mortuary has been the leader in providing educational workshops, seminars and in-service programs to our community. We believe that education is the most powerful tool in our attempt to learn more about how to cope with death, and the journey of grief after the loss.  Our Educational Advisor, Dr. William G. (Bill) Hoy, is a nationally known speaker, counselor, educator and author, specializing in bereavement and end-of-life issues. Bill's expertise and engaging presentations have become the hallmark of our Community Development outreach.  

We are also available to present programs for service clubs, or social groups, high schools, youth or seniors groups, or other volunteer organizations who would like to learn more about the funeral service profession and/or society's attitudes towards death, dying, bereavement and grief.

Here are a few of our yearly presentations:

  • "Plan Well . . . Live Well"- Our Advanced Planning Seminar
  • "Unmasking the Mysteries" - Our Mortuary workshop and tour.
  • "Partners in Care"  -  In-Service program to educate our professionals about O'Connor Resources
  • Quarterly seminars and workshops provided for licensed professionals and volunteers
  • Quarterly seminars and workshops for Stephen Ministers and Bereavement Teams of all faith traditions.
  • Quarterly Healthcare Chaplain workshops
  • Senior Citizen Community Center workshops

If you are interested in having a presentation at your organization, contact Becky Lomaka, Director of Community Development at (949) 581-4300 Ext 229 or email: blomaka@oconnormortuary.com


The Heart & Soul Awards

Created by O’Connor Mortuary in February 2010, the Heart & Soul Award honors Orange County individuals each month for their exemplary and inspiring roles within the community. In celebrating the human spirit, the award recognizes OC residents for pouring their heart and soul into making a difference, whether for a life filled with dedicated endeavors, or for a one-time inspirational achievement. One recipient is honored each month with an award plaque, a one-time donation to a local nonprofit organization in his/her name, and recognition at a quarterly award dinner reception.

To nominate an outstanding Orange County citizen, email Becky Lomaka at blomaka@oconnormortuary.com


Service Clubs & Organizations

We understand the importance of community involvement and the gift of giving back. Our staff members are involved in the following organizations:

Rotary Clubs of Mission Viejo, Irvine, Newport Beach, Monarch Beach and San Juan Capistrano; Kiwanis Laguna Woods; Irvine Exchange Club; National Aging in Place Council Orange County Chapter; Trauma Intervention Program Advisory Council; The Guild of Saddleback Hospital San Clemente Campus; Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council; South Orange County Interfaith Council and the Heartland Hospice Professional Advisory Council


Awards Received

1999 – Passkey’s Foundation “Ethics in America”

2002 – Regional Center of Orange County “Nick Garrett Award” presented to individuals and organizations that extended their generosity and compassion toward those with developmental disabilities.

2003 – California Historical Society – Recognizing over 100 Years of Continuous Mortuary Service.

2004 – Spirit of Philanthropy “Community Leader of the Year” – Saddleback Memorial Hospital Foundation

2005 – Orange County Business Journal and Cal State Fullerton College of Business – Family Owned Business Award for Longevity.

2007 – Orange County Sheriff’s Department  “Support of a Safe Community” Award