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Why an On-Site Crematory is So Important

Chances are, you’ve seen the horrific stories in the media about families who have been devastated by cremation scandals. Sadly, some of these unsavory, irresponsible, or downright disturbing acts have been committed right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s enough to make anyone question the… Read More

Helpful Tips for Grieving Men

Dealing with the loss of a loved one takes a lot out of everyone. It’s why Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary is here – to help hurting families in El Cerrito and surrounding areas in Contra Costa and Alameda counties plan… Read More

Your Story Told Your Way

Chinese philosopher Confucius wrote, “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” Planning ahead is wise, which is why we do it for almost every major life event. But you would be surprised how many people have not yet thought… Read More

Ideas for Reconnecting with Life After a Loss

It’s quite usual – and normal – for people who have suffered a loss to go into a kind of isolation. It’s common to feel tremendous sorrow and dislocation even long after the funeral service is over. The normal routines of life have been cruelly interrupted. At… Read More

Three Tips for Preplanning a Creative Funeral Reception

Many who have attended a service at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary would agree that funerals here bring people together – some of whom may not have seen one other in years. But it’s the reception after the funeral that really… Read More

At Sunset View, We’re Grateful for You!

Did you know there are two simple words that have the power to transform your health and happiness? Those words are, “Thank you.” As our team at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary can attest, gratitude is a life changer. As we help families in Berkeley, Pinole, Oakland, and… Read More

A Tribute to Veterans

Today is the day we set aside to honor American veterans who have honorably served or are currently serving our great country. All Americans publicly observe and honor all members of the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who all share a dedication to the defense… Read More

Does It Matter If I Attend the Funeral?

Today, like never before, family and friends are spread out all over the country. School, jobs, or just personal preferences can cause us to move hundreds or thousands of miles away from El Cerrito, Berkeley, and Oakland. Combine distance with work/family responsibilities and financial or health issues,… Read More

Why Excellence Matters at Sunset View

A lot has changed since Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary was founded back in 1908, but one thing has remained the same: the level of care we provide for the families we serve. Our neighbors in El Cerrito, Kensington, Richmond, Berkeley,… Read More

Tips for Writing a Meaningful Obituary

American playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder once said, “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” To be sure, grief is inescapable, and a part of the normal human experience after a death occurs. But one way we can express our gratitude to our… Read More