16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Noreen Carrington, LMFT, FT

By | 2018-07-03T13:28:47-07:00 May 16th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Noreen Carrington, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a fellow in thanatology, who has worked in the fields of death and dying and grief and loss for the past 19 years. Noreen’s extensive experience in the field includes creating and directing a comprehensive educational and clinical rotation for marriage and family therapist graduates and post-graduates in the specialty of grief and loss. Currently she is the Regional Director for the Volunteer and Bereavement Programs for Health Essentials LLC and is a faculty member at the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at California State University San Marcos which trains [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Nancy Colocino, PhD.

By | 2017-11-19T07:15:28-08:00 May 16th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Nancy has a heart for children, values diversity and equality, and is motivated to help make the world a better place. She has been involved in the Irvine community for over 30 years. She is the executive director of Irvine Prevention Coalition a.k.a. Irvine Community Drug Prevention. This nonprofit coordinates with community partners to enhance prevention services, decrease substance abuse, and increase youth resiliency. Current programs include Red Ribbon Week, Pennies for Prevention, Red Ribbon at Ruby’s Diner, Coordinating meetings and general meetings of Irvine Prevention Coalition, and Outstanding Supporters of Prevention Awards. Nancy has over 40 years’ experience in [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Linda McMahon, RN

By | 2017-11-19T07:21:02-08:00 May 16th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Linda McMahon, MS, MA is the Bereavement Services Manager at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in Orange County. She has an extensive health care and pastoral care background. Her undergraduate degree, a BSN, is from the University ofPennsylvania. And, her graduate degrees are a Master ofScience in Nursing and a Master ofArts in Theology from Texas Woman’s University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Texas and Indiana, respectively. She has completed an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Chaplain Residency program (in acute healthcare settings) in San Diego and also Continuing Education courses through the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) and [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Jenna Harline

By | 2017-11-19T07:20:12-08:00 May 16th, 2017|General|0 Comments

For the past three years Jenna has served as the Assistant Director of Interfaith Relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Laguna Niguel. She additionally serves as Secretary for the South Orange County Interfaith Council, and is an integral part of the annual Prayer Breakfast planning committee. Jenna’s charity of choice is the Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to ending human trafficking. Jenna is passionate about local and global change. She helps to locally organize and implement the annual Helping Hands food and clothing drive held the 4th Saturday of April each year. Jenna [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Donna Beattie, RN

By | 2017-11-19T07:18:39-08:00 May 16th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Donna Beattie is an LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) with VNA Hospice. She has “officially” been a hospice nurse for 4 years, but realizes that this has been her calling all of her life. Out of high school Donna joined the United States Air Force, then became a dental assistance working at a boys’ prison, from there she was the compliance specialist for Capistrano Valley Christian School: when she lost her job at the school due to budget cuts, Donna chose to go back to school and become a nurse. She chose to become an LVN because she knew her passion [...]

17 12, 2014

Handling the Holidays: Adjusting to the Loss

By | 2014-12-17T23:15:22-08:00 December 17th, 2014|Inspiration, Self-Help|7 Comments

  For some of you, this is not the first holiday where you will be missing people you love. You "survived" the holidays last year but maybe just barely. Perhaps you feel like you can't get in the spirit of Christmas, you feel like a desolate place and everyone around you is putting on bows and smiling. Yes, you've made it through one round of the holidays but that doesn't mean this will be easy. In some ways, the second year of grief can be more difficult as the permanence of the loss begins to really sink in. For others, [...]

11 12, 2014

25 Years + 1 Mortuary = A Career of Meaning

By | 2014-12-11T07:42:32-08:00 December 11th, 2014|Inspiration|4 Comments

Monday, December 1st, marked the 25th Work-iversary of Jeff Turner, our Chief Administrative Officer! Feeling that this event merited more than a celebratory lunch, speech and many "Congratulations," we decided a blog was in order. We have all pooled together to write about Jeff, share special thoughts, memories and ways he has influenced our lives. But first, a brief history: Jeff began at O'Connor in 1989 working in the Care Center as a Licensed, Supervising Embalmer. He moved into meeting with families as a Funeral Arranger (a job which he is still credited by some as being "the best in [...]

11 03, 2014

When Two Roads Converge: A Celebrant’s Process

By | 2014-03-11T21:55:50-07:00 March 11th, 2014|Inspiration|31 Comments

I’ve often thought it’s unfortunate that people only think about death when they think of a mortuary or cemetery.  Why not think about life…a place where life is celebrated in all its beauty? I've spent the last 9 years as a Funeral Celebrant and can attest to the power of a place that honors life, my thought is, let's not just go to a mortuary in the wake of death, let's also go in and enjoy life. Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/richcano Several years ago I attended an art show held in an old mausoleum…in the middle of a [...]

18 12, 2013

You Know You’re in SoCal for Christmas If . . .

By | 2013-12-18T22:49:34-08:00 December 18th, 2013|General|31 Comments

If you've lived in California long enough, you'll be nodding & laughing as you read down the list of only in Southern California Christmas Traditions:   - If you go see the lights in Naples - it's worth the drive to Belmont Shore to see the gorgeous lights that deck the houses lining the harbor & canals. I love the one with the leg lamp. Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/KonArt - If on Christmas morning, when you go outside to get the newspaper or greet your family, you are in a t-shirt, shorts & sandals. - If your family heads [...]

26 11, 2013

The Latte that Changed My Thanksgiving

By | 2013-11-26T23:38:51-08:00 November 26th, 2013|Inspiration|32 Comments

  I was with my daughter a couple of weeks ago, driving my 3 Grandchildren to school. Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/cashmerejm On the way I asked if we could stop at Starbucks and get a Latte. We had a few extra minutes, so she got in the drive-thru line and waited while each car placed their order.  When we reached the window the young man said, “the car ahead of you paid for your latte.”  With jaws dropped, we looked at each other. Really? This had never happened to either of us and that simple gesture gave us [...]