Why More People are Writing Light-Hearted Obituaries

When you think of writing a meaningful obituary for a loved one who has died, adding light-hearted stories or details may not occur to you. Yet more families in El Cerrito , Oakland , Berkeley and beyond are featuring funny, optimistic, and even playful content… Read More

How the COVID-19 Crisis is Impacting Grief & What You Can Do

Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one understands that grief fluctuates between moments of sadness and shock, and moments of acceptance and even joy. These moments are rarely predictable. Sometimes emotions surface at the most inconvenient times, when we least expect it. Even so, it’s normal… Read More

Why Gratitude is Important for the New Year

The new year is approaching, and we know many of our neighbors in El Cerrito, Oakland, and Berkeley are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. This is the time for not only a refresh, but it’s a chance to consciously do something different in the coming year. Read More

10 Things Our Staff Wants You to Know About Grief

Grief is a complex emotion that affects each person differently, but it has become clear over our years working with our neighbors in El Cerrito, Berkeley, and Richmond that the only way someone can successfully process grief is to start the steps of working through it. At… Read More

The Importance of Creating New Holiday Traditions After a Loss

We’ve talked with many of our neighbors from El Cerrito , Oakland, and Berkeley here at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary  who describe a feeling of melancholy that settles in during late fall. Some call it an emptiness; others refer to it as a sense of… Read More

8 Tips for Managing Grief During the Holidays

For families in El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond who have lost a loved one recently, we know the holidays are going to look and feel different – especially in  light of COVID-19. Our caring team at Sunset View Cemetery and Mortuary see this every day, as we… Read More

How to Handle Holiday Traditions without a Loved One

When we lose a loved one, everything changes. In  light of COVID-19, we don’t know what will happen next, especially with the holidays approaching. Certain traditions and celebrations may need to change – and it’s  at the forefront of our minds. Our Sunset View Cemetery and Mortuary staff knows… Read More

5 Ways to Help Children Remember Their Grandparents

For many children, a grandparent’s love is like none other. The security, the steadiness, the warmth – that kind of love fosters a connection that cannot be replicated. That kind of love is also why the death of a grandparent can leave a child – no matter their age –… Read More

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