“Resources & Information”

5 11, 2013

A “Fishy” Funeral

By | 2013-11-05T20:33:32-08:00 November 5th, 2013|Ceremonies, Inspiration, News, Resources & Information|42 Comments

Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Jasmina81   My brother died. It was about a week after we had returned home from my brother’s funeral in Michigan when my son, Sam, found his fish dead. Tears were streaking down his sweet face as he ran into our bedroom to tell me Sam Jr. was dead. After my husband and I and our older son each offered Sam our condolences, our family made the decision to have a funeral for Sam Jr. My son, with a look of determination, said “We will have the funeral tonight after dinner. I need to decide [...]

4 09, 2013

Filling the Newest Job at O’Connor: Family Care

By | 2013-09-04T05:00:30-07:00 September 4th, 2013|Inspiration, Resources & Information|45 Comments

 - A Special Journey Mercies Entry -  Being a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 9, I have come to believe that I have a pretty good handle on caring for my family.  Today my relationships with my children have become deeper and much more meaningful than they were while they were growing up. I also have the opportunity to mentor my grandchildren, and a few months ago, I moved my brother here from Oregon to manage his care. I have a lot of experience in caring : ) This year I celebrated 20 years with O’Connor and retirement [...]

10 07, 2013

Why Did You Become an Embalmer?: An Interview with Joanna

By | 2013-07-10T05:00:03-07:00 July 10th, 2013|News, Resources & Information|43 Comments

An interview with our Care Center Manager and Assistant General Manager, Joanna Ramirez:   - How long have you worked for O'Connor Mortuary? I have been here at O’Connor since 2006. - When did you first learn about embalming?  I first learned about embalming when I was in school and a guidance counselor passed a list of majors out to the class. I started looking into it and found all sorts of information on the history and present day of embalming. - What made you think that embalming was something you might like to do professionally? Growing up, I originally [...]

10 04, 2013

A Conversation with Your Neighborhood Mortician

By | 2013-04-10T05:00:54-07:00 April 10th, 2013|Community, Planning Ahead, Resources & Information|13 Comments

Talking to Your Neighborhood Mortician How many people actually know a mortician?  Not many.  How many people feel comfortable asking questions about death & how we go about our business of caring for those who have died? Very few. However, at O’Connor Mortuary part of our mission is to unmask the mortuary mysteries (say that 10 times fast!).  We strive to be transparent in all that we do & all that we are by opening our doors, hearts & minds to you.  We want you to know we are trustworthy to care for your loved ones & that we will [...]

14 03, 2013

How to Grieve on Facebook: Wearing Black in A Virtual World

By | 2013-03-14T04:00:02-07:00 March 14th, 2013|Community, News, Resources & Information|10 Comments

The internet has changed our lives so much. From the way we interact, to the way we learn, and even the way we shop. You can do ALMOST anything online, and now we’re beginning to see people grieve there as well. Photo Credit: www.mothernewyork.com I recently read an article that advocated for the return of the traditional act of “wearing black” when in mourning. While I don’t think the idea will quite catch on again, this sense of needing to be known in the public as someone in grief is a very important idea and one that social [...]

27 02, 2013

“Princess Butterfly”: How to Explain Death & Dying to Small Children

By | 2013-02-27T04:00:00-08:00 February 27th, 2013|Resources & Information, Seasons of Life|12 Comments

Explaining death & dying to small children. I used to feel like the word “dead” hung awkwardly in the air whenever I said it in the presence of my daughter, Zoey.  In time, I realized there was no getting around this word or its meaning and I shouldn’t be afraid to use it.  Death is a part of life and I couldn’t shield her from this fact forever.  When Zoey was about 3-1/2 years old, a dying monarch butterfly gave me the confidence to broach this topic with her. my Zoey She and her dad found the butterfly [...]