7 01, 2014

3 Things We Say at the Mortuary

By | 2014-01-07T23:11:07-08:00 January 7th, 2014|Self-Help|25 Comments

3 Things We Say at the Mortuary   Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/BrianAJackson Usually when people think of the funeral profession they think about the sadness associated with our position and have trouble going (or don’t want to go) beyond that. But beyond the grief that surrounds my job, I’ve found that death brings clarity to our perspective and at O’Connor, this perspective is ingrained in how we treat each other and the families that walk through our doors. I’m just about to wrap up my first year at O'Connor and I thought I'd share with you some of [...]

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|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 [...]

11 07, 2012

“Can you Walk, Talk, and Chew Gum?”: The Myth of Multitasking

By | 2012-07-11T05:30:16-07:00 July 11th, 2012|General, Self-Help|41 Comments

I can’t multitask!  I’ll be the first to admit it.  I have resigned myself to the fact my brain can only focus on one activity at a time.  There should be a thought bubble over my head that reads “occupied” or “unoccupied” so people know when it is safe to begin speaking to me about a new topic. People walk up to me at work and just stand in front of my desk while I’m typing.  When I look up they say, “I’ll wait until you finish what you are doing.”  History has taught them it is the only way [...]