Creative Ways to Display Your Family Heirlooms

Throughout our lives, we collect quite a few things possessions: furniture, clothing, knickknacks, books, and more. When a family member dies, they leave their belongings behind along with the question, “What should you do with all of this stuff?” It’s no surprise this is a highly sensitive issue, as… Read More

Family Fun Summer Activities in the Bay Area 

We love summertime here at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary! In Oakland, Berkeley, and the surrounding areas, great weather combines with family fun for incredible opportunities. There’s so much to experience as far as outdoor activities go, and our staff loves to spend the warmer months… Read More

Sunset View: Past and Present

Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary began as a small cemetery in the Berkeley Hills and is now a state-of-the-art funeral home and crematory serving families across Kensington, Piedmont, Albany, and El Cerrito. For over half a century, we’ve helped area families craft meaningful memorials for their loved ones. Read More

Why Wouldn’t You Preplan Your Funeral?

Most of us don’t like to think about our own mortality – let alone plan for it. Sure, we make arrangements for other events in life. Think of the planning involved when you make a major purchase or organize a vacation or party. Not to mention the thought and time… Read More

Processing the Grief of a Diagnosis

Grief isn’t always related to death. Receiving a serious diagnosis, whether it’s your own or a loved one’s, can induce a wave of grief that can be difficult to face. You may even be surprised by how intensely sad or angry you feel after receiving significant medical news. This… Read More

How to Create the Perfect Video Tribute for Your Loved One’s Funeral

If there is one thing we have learned serving families in Pinole, El Sobrante, Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Richmond, it’s the importance funeral planning plays in the grief process. While this is certainly not easy for a person who… Read More

4 Ways to Practice Self-care While Grieving

After the loss of a loved one, grief can come about in ways you didn’t expect. Our care team at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary recognizes that each grief journey for families in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, and Pinole is different, and it is important not to… Read More

Spring Forward: Moving Past Seasonal Depression

Each year when winter sets in, many people experience bouts of seasonal depression. At Sunset View Cemetery, we realize it doesn’t get quite as cold in the Bay Area as in other parts of the country. Still, the shorter days, decreased sunlight, and cooler temps can have a… Read More

My Loved One Said, “No Funeral.” What Should I Do?

This is an issue we hear about time and time again at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary: What should I do when my loved one made it clear he or she does not want a funeral or memorial service? What your loved one may be thinking is this… Read More

Grieving a Partner’s Loss on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a special time to be with those you love most. When you’ve lost a loved one, the holiday can feel like something that must be endured and not enjoyed. If you’re grieving the loss of your partner, it can be tempting to deny the feelings of heartache… Read More