Reflections

Solar Eclipse

Next Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. It is one of nature’s rarest and most awe-inspiring sights – where the moon covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere , the corona, can...

Rituals

There’s no doubt that rituals are an important part of our lives. We engage in so many of them—birthday parties, Fourth of July barbeques, family vacations, holiday dinners, and so on. Funerals, too, are important rituals. They provide guidance...

Batman

Last Thursday, a most unusual, but supremely appropriate tribute was paid to an actor who played one of the most popular television super heroes ever.  Adam West, best known for his campy portrayal of Batman in the 1960s TV series, passed away at the...

Memories

There is a famous quote by an unknown author that truly captures the amazing power of memories: “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” In his book, “Grief One Day at a Time,” author Alan D. Wolfelt,...

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Whenever game of baseball has faced challenges, conflicts or crises stemming from the actions of its players, the same line has been used over and over again in response: “No one is bigger than the game of baseball.” No one, perhaps with one...

Tips for Taxes

Are you getting a tax refund this year? If so, a good plan for your hard earned money is something to be taken seriously. After all, the government isn’t sending you a bonus—this is your money. After you assess your personal financial situation...

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...