December 23, 2023

All the Ways You’re Still With Me

If you are grieving this holiday season – we are so sorry. Grief is likely not going the way you thought it would. That’s kind of […]
November 20, 2023

The Opposite of “Happy Holidays”

How to Thoughtfully Cope with Grief and Gatherings If you are facing the holidays in a way you’ve never faced them before, the word “HAPPY” may […]
August 30, 2023

Don’t Pause Your Life to Heal

Casually scrolling through Instagram I came across a post from a therapist I started following during Covid. What I read sent off an alarm in my […]
June 22, 2023

Grief is Connective Tissue

Grief is Separation Grief is the product of loss and separation. We experience loneliness in our deepest places and even intangibly as we look to the […]
April 17, 2023

125 Years – Our Legacy

The O’Connor family legacy is tremendous. We have served tens of thousands of families in Southern California since we opened our doors in 1898. Since then, […]
March 8, 2023

Why Do We Tell Stories?

Stories are so important and to grieving people, stories can feel like everything. After a death, stories immediately begin coming out as memories are recalled to […]
September 28, 2022

What is the Goal of Grief?

In our goal-oriented society, we want to finish grief, check the boxes on grief stages and cross the finish line. We think that grief ends and […]
August 29, 2022

The Hard Call of End-of-Life Work (& How We Find Our Purpose)

Who would ever work at a funeral home? The stereotypes are creepy, the work is depressing, the tv portrayals horrifying. So why do people choose to […]
July 27, 2022

The Next Time Someone Says “Just throw me in a ditch …” Say This …

We’ve all heard people say something like, “When I die, just throw me in a ditch,” or “Just put me in a pine box, I don’t […]