Reflections

The Trilogy

With Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday now a few weeks behind us, we are more than halfway through the Lenten Season, one of the most significant holidays in the Christian faith.  Each year during this time, thousands of people visit Forest Lawn in Glendale...

What to Say to a Bereaved Co-worker

If you’ve ever wondered what to say or do when a bereaved co-worker returns to work, you’re not alone. Rachel Blythe Kodonaz, author of “Grief in the Workplace,” knows this as much as much as anyone. Her husband, who worked for...

Attending a Funeral Service

Funeral services have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. They may differ by culture, nationality or religion, but they represent a common thread that is woven through humankind that outwardly expresses an inner desire to honor...

New Year’s Resolutions 2017

It’s a brand new year, which for many of us, means a whole new set of New Year’s resolutions for us to strive for. So, what are your resolutions for 2016? Do you want to save for retirement? Get healthy? Go back to school? Take a trip? No matter what...

The Holiday Spirit

December could easily be called the Month of Holidays. In America and  around the world, some of our most important holidays are celebrated by billions of people of various faiths. These are holidays such as Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Our Lady of Guadalupe,...

Holiday Wreaths

Almost immediately after we’ve finished our Thanksgiving dinners—if not before—our homes, communities and shopping centers are transformed into colorfully decorated and lighted symbols of celebration of the December holiday season. One of...

Facebook Condolences

As of December 1, 2016, there are 1.32 billion (that’s billion with a b) active accounts on Facebook. That’s more than 1/6th of the world’s total population! Between Facebook, other social media platforms and email, people are closely connected...

Thanksgiving

Most of us associate Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.  Many of these items were indeed part of the first Thanksgiving feast, held in 1621 between the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth and the Wampanoag Native...

Mindfulness

In a recent Reflections blog, we talked about the importance of taking care of your physical self through exercise during the grief process.  With the holidays now upon us, exercise is even more important because of all the delicious, rich, tasty and...

Another World Series is in the Books!

Another World Series is in the books! Our congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on a decisive victory over the Cleveland Indians and winning for the first time since 1908! Of course, we were hoping for a Dodgers World Series appearance and victory. As proud...