If you picture major life events you’ve been a part of – weddings, graduations, the birth of a new baby – it’s likely you commemorated the event by gathering to share stories, food, and drink. In a similar way, something special happens when family and friends come together after a funeral. At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, our team has seen time and time again how receptions help families in El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond in the healing process.
Losing a loved can create an indescribable void in a person’s life, and the presence of family and friends is invaluable. While the funeral brings people together – some of whom may not have seen each other for a long time – the reception gives the opportunity to talk, laugh, cry, and reconnect in a more casual setting.
It’s an opportunity to share treasured memories and hear how lives were touched by the person who meant so much. Many times, stories are told that the family hasn’t heard before, which enhances the time together.
A reception is also a great way to tell a person’s story, and express their personality or interests. Plus, with Sunset View, you don’t have to think about arranging a reception in your home or a local restaurant. Our experienced staff removes the stress from El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond families, while taking care of every detail.
You might serve your father’s much-loved dinner, or your grandmother’s favorite cookies. With Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, the options are nearly endless. If you choose to serve a full meal, you can make sure certain dishes are included. Or maybe even a recipe your loved one enjoyed preparing for your family. You can accent each table with your favorite flowers and signature colors.
Whether you wants to arrange a seated dinner in our reception room, or a small outdoor gathering with those closest to you, we can help connect you with catering services, and our dedicated host can help with set-up and anything else you might need.
Beyond the many personalized details that can be added to this special event, a reception at its root brings everyone together in one room which aids the grieving process. When laughter and tears are shared, when conversation and connectedness occur, healing begins. That is a true gift to those left behind.
Our team at Sunset View is passionate about helping you create a final farewell that honors how unique your loved one was, but also helps move you and your whole family along the path toward healing. If you’re interested in including a reception in your own funeral plans, reach out to us today. You may have something simple in mind, like coffee and pastries. Or a more elegant affair featuring a sit-down meal. Whatever your preferences, we can make them happen. We’re here for you every step of the way.