Personalizing a funeral that highlights who your loved one was in their life is an important part of planning a funeral. Adding meaningful details shines a spotlight on their interests, hobbies, accomplishments, and passions.

Many El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond families come to us uncertain of what special touches would capture exactly who their loved one was. At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, we offer many personalization options to fit any style and preference.

Perhaps your grandmother always sang a particular lullaby to her children and then to her grandchildren. Imagine how moving it would be to feature live musicians performing the song. Maybe you’re a photo buff and it’s important to you to include a memorial table displaying your favorite photos of  friends and family. This is a detail you can include when you preplan your own arrangements. Whether planning for yourself or  for a loved one, our caring team will make sure all special touches requested represent that person.

If you or a loved one served in the U.S. military, we offer veteran’s benefits and special honors to commemorate the time and service sacrificed for our country. No details will be missed, and only honor, respect, and appreciation will be given to you and your veteran.

Cremation personalizations are just as many and varied as with traditional burial. Many families are unaware of the options when it comes to a cremation service. We offer unique, personalized urns and keepsakes for those who wish to keep their loved one close. If you or your loved one enjoyed the ocean, swimming, or visiting exotic beaches on vacations, you can choose to scatter all or a portion of the cremated remains in the sea. Whatever your wishes, we can take care of every last detail.

Receptions are another great way to add memorable touches or unique details to help celebrate and honor your loved one. At Sunset View, we recognize the impact a reception can have on friends and family members who are left behind. A reception brings people closer together and allows the healing process to begin.

Many may try to arrange a reservation at a restaurant, other event facility, and attempt to handle catering all at the same time. It goes without saying that this can be very stressful for the family.

With Sunset View, our reception host and funeral assistant, Steve Griego, will assist you with all aspects of the reception, including reception set-up and tear down, and of course, help personalize the reception to exactly your loved one’s taste and appeal. Allow our knowledgeable and compassionate staff to take care of your family while you attend to your guests at the reception.

There are so many ways to add special touches to you or your loved one’s funeral plans, and you’re able to do it all with us at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary. If you have any questions regarding funeral plans, reach out to us anytime. We are here for you and your family every step of the way and are honored to serve you.