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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

Back to School Tips for Grandparents

You may have seen the bumper sticker proclaiming, “If I had known grandchildren were so great, I would have had them first!” With a new school year approaching, grandparents and their grandchildren are relishing these last days of summer all around El Cerrito, Berkeley, and Oakland. Read More

Your Family’s Wishes vs. Your Wishes

One of the primary benefits to planning your own funeral is having the ability to make your wishes known. Your family, no doubt, wants to honor you by fulfilling your final wishes, and preplanning allows you to communicate those desires to them clearly. If… Read More