Four of the Most Popular Personalization Options

At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, one of the questions we are often asked is, “How can I make the service for my loved one feel more personal?” This is a question our experienced team welcomes from the El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond families we serve,… Read More

4 Tips for Planning a Funeral Reception to Remember

More families than ever throughout El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond are coming to Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary wanting a unique or informal funeral  for their loved one instead of the traditional, solemn service that used to be the norm. Families want to have a memorable… Read More

Tips for Improving Your Life in 2020

Life can be broken down into many chapters, and 2020 is the perfect opportunity to start a brand new one. But let’s shake things up a bit and take the focus off resolutions. After all, studies show that less than 10 percent of those who make resolutions manage to stick… Read More

Your Questions about Cremation…Answered

For families in El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Piedmont, the choice of whether to have a traditional burial or cremation can be very personal. You have to take into consideration preferences, religious and cultural beliefs, and budget. At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, we believe, ultimately,… 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

Honoring a Loved One with a Charitable Donation During the Holidays

One of the things many people face when grieving the loss of a loved one is the fear of forgetting him or her and what they meant to you. At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, our team is committed to helping our neighbors in El Cerrito,… Read More

Why You Should Have a Funeral (Even if You Don’t Want One)

Quite often, when a couple in El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond meets with our staff at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary to talk about planning their funerals, one spouse will insist they don’t want a service after they die. We hear comments like, “Give me… Read More

What Should I Send? And Other Funeral Etiquette Tips

When someone dies, it is often difficult to know how to show your support to the loved one’s family. Of course, you know they are probably feeling sad, shocked, overwhelmed, angry – or any combination of these emotions. What might help you when you are feeling that way may not… Read More

How a Funeral Reception Helps Loved Ones Heal

If you picture major life events you’ve been a part of – weddings, graduations, the birth of a new baby – it’s likely you commemorated the event by gathering to share stories, food, and drink. In a similar way, something special happens when family and friends come together after a… Read More