Good Grief - Our Blog

"But first and foremost, I remember Mama” - the concluding lines of “Mama’s Bank Account” the lovely story about a Norwegian family in San Francisco in the early 1900s. For those of us whose mothers are gone, we too will always remember Mama. This Sunday as we celebrate Mother’s Day we can celebrate our memories of our Mothers.  Tell stories, wear her favorite color or a piece of her jewelry, frame a favorite picture of her and give them as gifts to your children –bake her favorite pie or...

We are so fortunate to live in the Bay Area where there are so many different cultures and customs.  And Colma Cremation and Funeral Services is so fortunate to be located in the midst of 17 cemeteries to be a part of all these differenct cultures and rituals.  Qingming Festival also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day falls on April 4th this year.  This Ancestor Worship goes back thousands of years and is a key holiday in the Chinese calendar.  Hundreds of families will...

Today, February 28th, is International Rare Disease Day! Today, thousands of people from all over the world come together to advocate for more research on rare diseases. Our grandson, Magglio, has Pompe Disease - a terrible muscle wasting disease - he is our hero, our inspiraton - a true warrior. Visit this website for more information on how you can help bring awareness to all rare diseases.  http://www.rarediseaseday.org/…/today

On a funeral service some time ago, Joe was talking to Deacon Jim about life…..and death.  Deacon Jim said “When does someone die, when does someone leave us……only when we stop talking about them.”  Our dear friend, Patti, lost her Mother recently - we called her to tell her how sorry we were and to reminisce about Kitty.  During the conversation, Joe told Patti when Deacon Jim had told him.  She told her son, Tom, and he was inspired to base his Eulogy on this at Kitty’s funeral service. ...

Our son-in-law died 15 years ago – he was 39 years old.  A very difficult death for our family.  As Family Services Manager of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, I was fortunate to be able to help create the Holy Cross Christmas Remembrance Service that has become an annual event at the Cemetery.  It is also an annual event for our family. 

Each year our family and CCFS’s staff attend this beautiful remembrance service where a few symbolic candles are lit in memory of deceased parents,...

Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and family gatherings - Thanksgiving Day!  We understand that the holidays can be a time of happiness and joy for people but are often difficult for ayone who has experienced the death of someone that you have loved.  Holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness.  Since love does not end with death, holidays can bring a renewed sense of grief - the sounds, sights and smells bring memories of those...

A gentlemen recently stopped by our office to make his pre-need arrangements.  We enjoyed his visit and he shared this poem with us.  His information said the poem was written by Cardinal Cushing - we did a little internet research.  The internet says that the poem was written around 1953 by Constance O Neon.  Anyway, whoever wrote it -  we thought we would share this poem which preaches the practical benefit of positive thinking as we grow old!   And when you are ready, stop by our office...

September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most...

You downloaded Pokémon Go and you’re ready to “catch ‘em all”. The question is- where are the best spots to find unique Pokémon and battle other trainers?

There are plenty of prime game spots in major downtown areas that are filled with landmarks. But many of these spots can be busy and crowded, and the competition can be stiff. On the other hand, you’ll be surprised to see that your local cemetery has plenty of Pokéstops and gyms for you to explore.  There are 17 cemeteries in Colma...

Is there a more painful experience than losing a child? Parents who've lived this heartbreak know the answer to that question. In honor of Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, we offer you some support and guidance to those who've lost a child, with resources that help parents face the grief of this unique hurt with heart and hope.

4 Steps for Handling the Heartbreak of a Child's Death

Find help; wait for healing. When a child dies, usually both a mother and a...