The Physical Effects of Grief

When Diane’s mother died after a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s, Diane felt both grieved and relieved. For years, she had juggled caregiving for her mother, a demanding job as a nurse, and parenting two teenagers. It was an exhausting combination. Diane figured that after her mother’s… Read More

How to Show Care to Someone Who is Grieving

“When my mother died, I had no idea how much the condolence cards I received would mean to me. Some included stories about my mother and others had encouraging words that truly helped me through a difficult time in my life. Now, when I hear that a friend has lost… Read More

Responding to a Friend Who is Grieving

All of us in the El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Pinole, and El Sobrante communities have been touched by loss. Even if you haven’t lost someone very close to you, you probably love someone who has. So, what happens when a friend is in the grips of grief? It… Read More

Why Grief Often Heightens During Spring and Summer

“Every May, my mom helped me plant a garden. She died last fall and I tear up even thinking about shopping for flowers without her.” “When the weather would warm up, my grandpa made his famous BBQ chicken just about every weekend. Now that he’s gone, even the smell of… Read More

Getting Through Mother’s Day without Mom

When Mother’s Day is approaching, and your mother is not around for any number of reasons, it can be incredibly painful. Many on our team here at Sunset View Mortuary & Cemetery know exactly what this feels like. Whether you’ve lost your mother to death or estrangement, or… Read More

What to Say and What NOT to Say to a Grieving Loved One

When a friend or family member is grieving the death of a loved one, it can be hard to know what to say or do. Some hesitate to reach out because they’re afraid to say the wrong thing. Others feel awkward and wonder if they should say anything at… Read More

Finding Gratitude in Grief

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . .” If you’ve lost a loved one, you’ve likely experienced the confusing and painful mix of emotions when celebrating “big days” like birthdays and anniversaries. Come November and December, there may be an extra sharpness to grief, as… Read More

Five Favorite Places to Reflect in the Bay Area

Grieving the death of a loved one is an individual process. Whether you’ve recently experienced loss for the first time or have faced it many times in the past, grief can feel overwhelming. Too often, working through unfamiliar emotions is so uncomfortable that people will stall, sidetrack, or sweep painful… Read More

How Crying Helps Us Process Grief

Many people who come to Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary after losing a loved one ask if the way they’re reacting is considered “normal.” Some haven’t shed a tear and feel guilty about it. Some are in shock and don’t feel much of anything. Read More

“Mommy, when is Grandma coming back?”— Explaining Death to Children

Knowing what to say to children when a loved one dies can be a challenge. Many El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond families have approached our team at ­­­­Sunset View Cemetery and Mortuary over the years wondering about the “best” ways… Read More