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.

February Events

  • RCFE Workshop: Spiritual Care When You Are Not a Chaplain
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 : 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Spiritual Care When You Are Not a Chaplain
    Tuesday, February 17th at 2pm
    RCFE ONLY Workshop at Hospice Care of the West
    9890 Research Drive, Suite 100, Irvine 92618

  • Community Workshop: The Bridges Grief Can Build
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 : 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    The Bridges Grief Can Build *No CEUs Available
    FREE & OPEN TO ANYONE
    Tuesday, February 17th, 7pm - 8:30pm
    Community Workshop at Temple Beth El
    2A Liberty, Aliso Viejo 92656

  • Hospice Volunteer Workshop: Honing the Ability to Listen
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 : 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Honing the Ability to Listen *No CEUs Available
    Wednesday, February 18th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    A Specialty Workshop for Hospice Volunteers at VITAS Health Care
    220 Commerce, Suite 100, Irvine 92602
    a light dinner will be served

  • Professional/Clinical Workshop: Carrying on Difficult Conversations
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 : 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM

    Carrying on Difficult Conversations
    Thursday, February 19th, 8am - 11am
    Breakfast & Registration open at 7:30am
    Professional and Hospice at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
    24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills 92653


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