Reflections

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...

Grief & Exercise

The grieving process has a powerful effect on us both emotionally and physically. The loss of a loved one stirs up a wide range of emotions which may include anger, despair, depression, denial, numbness, isolation and more. These emotions may take place...

October 2

Sunday, October 2. Put a star on this day on your calendar. Make plans to block off 1:10 pm and tune into KTLA Channel 5 to listen to, for the last time, the greatest baseball announcer to ever sit behind a microphone. After 67 amazing years, Vin Scully...

Should Children Attend Funerals?

One question many families have is should children attend funerals? The answer is not a simple yes or no, but one that should be looked at on an individual basis. First of all, each family has its own set of traditions and beliefs which will play a strong...

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...