Our Commitment to the Community and the Professional
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.
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 Patricia Kolstad, Director of Community Relations and Resources at (949) 581-4300 Ext 227 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Patricia Kolstad at email@example.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
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
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, and Twitter.