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Funerals

Does Gentle Humor Have a Place at a Funeral?

Close your eyes and recall your favorite memory of time spent with a special friend or family member. Chances are, you’re both smiling and laughing. Humor is a natural part of being human, and yet people often ask our team at Sunset View Cemetery if it has a… Read More

Can We Plan a Memorial for a Loved One Who Died Last Year?

For many families in the Bay Area the coronavirus outbreak dramatically changed the way they said goodbye to loved ones who died. No more visitations with guests giving one another handshakes and hugs to offer support. No more open, public funerals as loved ones near and… Read More

When You Don’t Know What to Say at a Visitation

We’ve talked to countless people in El Cerrito, Oakland, and Berkeley  over the years who have a story like this one: My elderly neighbor died last week and I read in her online obituary that there’s a visitation, funeral, and reception this weekend. Read More

Can I Wear Color to a Funeral and Other Funeral Etiquette Questions

At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, we have heard many questions from the El Cerrito, Richmond, and Pinole communities about what is appropriate to wear and say at a funeral. Everyone is different, and each person’s life can be celebrated in a unique manner. 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

Q&A – Social Media and Funerals

The numbers are astounding: Facebook has more than 2 billion users. Nearly 58 million photos are posted to Instagram every day. Around 8,000 tweets are sent every single second. From our meals and vacations to our kids and pets, the topics covered on social media are many and varied. But… Read More

How Much Does a Funeral Cost?

For many families, the need to plan a funeral comes unexpectedly. Complex arrangement decisions must be made during a most difficult time, and the cost of funeral services plays a large role in this planning process. Not surprisingly, most people are under the impression that funeral services… Read More

Funeral Service Options: What is Best for My Loved One?

Planning a funeral involves many personal decisions concerning how you or your loved one wish to be laid to rest. We often hear questions from the Bay Area families we serve about the major differences between the funeral options we offer and what will fit best for… Read More