Reflections

Always Be Prepared

Does your family have and action plan for emergencies? The month of September is recognized nationwide as National Preparedness Month.  It serves as a reminder that we all should take action to prepare now and throughout the year,  for the types of...

Convention and Washington

It’s now official: both major political parties have held their conventions, nominated their candidates for the office of President, and the 2016 campaign is on.  All the polls are pointing to a closely contested election for our 45th president. It...

Creating Memories

Sharing memories at a memorial service is an important part of the funeral ceremony. It allows friends and family to fondly recall the significant moments, contributions and stories of a loved one. Sharing memories also has a healing affect during the...

Heatwave!

Summer has arrived with a vengeance!  Temperatures over the next few days are expected to reach triple digits. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is reminding everyone to take precautions when dealing with the heat, especially by individuals...

Father’s Day

It’s hard to imagine a time when there wasn’t an official Father’s Day in America. Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and was made a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. But Father’s Day came about much more slowly....

Keep an Eye Out

Authorities say there’s a new scam out there that targets grieving families in Los Angeles County. In what’s being called an “obituary scam,” crooks scan death notices in the local newspaper and call the deceased’s relatives...

The Importance of Planning Ahead

2016 has been difficult for music fans who have said goodbye to several iconic and beloved artists. We lost “Ziggy Stardust”  a.k.a David Bowie in January. Maurice White, founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire left us in February.  Then it was...

The Ground Beneath Us

45 years ago, Mother Nature said “good morning” to Southern Californians with a not-so-gentle awakening. The 1971 Sylmar earthquake measured 6.7 on the Richter scale and caused widespread damage across the Southland. The earthquake affected private...

Vin Scully

Back in 1950, when Forest Lawn consisted of only two Memorial-Parks, Glendale and Hollywood Hills, a young 22-year old rookie broadcaster took his seat behind a microphone in Vero Beach, Florida for a then-Brooklyn Dodgers spring training game. With the...

Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! You’ve probably noticed that the days are getting longer, especially after we moved our clocks forward an hour a couple of weeks ago as we “sprang ahead” for Daylight Savings. Many people use this extra daylight as a good excuse...