Good Grief - Our Blog

A free Holiday Grief Support Workshop Wednesday, December 17th - 10:30 - Noon in the Msgr. Bowe Room at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco.  Facilitator: Deacon Christoph Sandoval. For further details, please call Sr. Esther at (415) 567-2020, ex. 218.

Please join our staff on Saturday, December 13th at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma for their Annual Christmas Remembrance Service.  The service will be held at 11am in the All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.

Storytelling is a most ancient form of honoring the dead.  You can continue to create opportunities for sharing and storytelling, at a reception following the funeral and at family gatherings and memorial services in the years to come. Keep a journal or record your memories to share with family and friends.  They will no doubt make corrections and additions to your recollections, which will cause lots of lively discussion.  Encourage others to tell their stories. A way to honor deceased...

November 11th at 11am in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, CA in the Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags.

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “...

Death affects us all at some point in our lives.  Talking about it can be difficult in present day society.  The people in Scotland remember their dead loved ones from November 1 through November 7 as part of "To Absent Friends" -  a people's festival of storytelling and remembrance. Unlike most festivals, events that take place as part of "To Absent Friends" are not bound by a particular time or venue.  "To Absent Friends" will happen across Scotland - in public spaces, over social media,...

Today is pregnancy loss and infant loss awareness day.

This holiday sounds morbid and somewhat tasteless at first, but before you start phoning the police to report an impending murder, let's specify: on this holiday, you're planning your own great funeral--plotting your way out of life in style. Make your loved ones aware if you want a solemn memorial, with flowers and candles and religious music, or that you'd prefer a wild drunken party full of personalized party favors for everyone to remember you by.  Stephanie West Allen say starting some...

Join Historian Michael Svanevik for a 90 minute walk in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma on Saturday, October 11th at 10am.  Meet the legendary personalities and Catholic pioneers of yesteryear.  Cost $25 - register at cemetery before tour begins.  Please call 650.756-2060 for more information.

All are invited to a workshop at Holy Cross Cemetery on  Saturday, September 27th, 9:30am - noon in All Saints Chapel. Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM will talk about how to cope with the changes in our lives following a loss.