Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Field of American flags at SunsetMemorial Day is a significant occasion in the United States. The weekend is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. So, this day of remembrance provides an opportunity for communities to reflect on the profound loss of life. What’s more, it honors the enduring impact of death, dying, mourning, and grief on families and friends. Finally, as we commemorate this solemn day, let’s discuss its origins and the importance of honoring those who have given their lives for our freedom. Continue reading Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Dispelling Myths About Death and Dying

Death and dying emerge as natural parts of life. However, few properly understand the real deal. For instance, many rely on what they see in popular culture. Death and dying are often shrouded in misconceptions and misunderstandings. Media portrayals and societal taboos contribute to these myths. As a result, they make it difficult for individuals and families to navigate the end-of-life process. It’s important to separate fact from fiction. Doing so will help you gain a better understanding dispel common myths:

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Dying at home is no longer common.

Daughter crying at bed with dying mother with cancer in the hospitalFacts:

While many people pass away in hospitals or care facilities, dying at home is still a choice for many individuals. Home hospice care can provide a peaceful and familiar environment for the dying person and their loved ones. This option allows mourners to be surrounded by familiar faces and comforts during their final days.

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Talking about death is morbid and should be avoided.

Facts

Hopeless and upset couple in therapy. Counseling or meeting with marriage counselor or adoption psychologist. Argument and dispute about divorce, alimony, prenup, cheating, betrayal or custody battle.Open conversations about death can be beneficial. It allows individuals to express their wishes for end-of-life care and helps loved ones understand and cope with the process.

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Grief is another aspect of death and dying that is often misunderstood. Some people believe that grief should be overcome quickly, but the reality is that grief is a natural response to loss and can take time to process. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and it’s important to allow oneself to feel and express emotions at their own pace.

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Cremation is harmful to the environment.

Even grief over pets can take a long time to process. Let yourself heal.

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While cremation does release some emissions, modern cremation practices have become more environmentally friendly. Some facilities offer options like water cremation or use of cleaner technologies. In fact, we plan to offer aqua cremation. When we do, we will be one of the first funeral homes in LA County to do so.

Myths

piggy bank on the windowFunerals are expensive and unnecessary.

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Funerals serve an important purpose in many cultures and can provide closure for the bereaved. There are a variety of funeral options available at different price points, and pre-planning can help alleviate financial concerns.

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Children should be shielded from death.

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Children can benefit from honest and age-appropriate discussions about death. It can help them understand the concept of death and cope with their feelings in a healthy way.

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Definition of word  taboo in dictionaryDeath is a taboo subject. Fact: Death is a natural part of life and discussing it openly can help remove stigma and fear. It can also help individuals prepare for the end of life and make informed decisions about their care. Open conversations about death can be beneficial. They allow individuals to express their wishes for end-of-life care and helps loved ones understand and cope with the process. Discussing death openly can also help reduce fear and anxiety surrounding the topic, making it easier for individuals to plan for their end-of-life care.

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Death is a natural part of life and discussing it openly can help remove stigma and fear. By debunking common myths and providing accurate information, we can help individuals and families navigate the end-of-life process with greater understanding and peace of mind.

Closeup of a young man with white lilies by a casket at a funeral homeAbout Foothill Funeral & Cremation in Glendora, California

Funeral directing is a unique job. The reason we enjoy it is because we love helping families during their time of need. Drop by our Glendora showroom any time. In Covina, our relationship with Sacred Heart Chapel is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorial services in a grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.

Women’s Health Month

Human heart with flowers and leaves on white background, 3D Organ Model, Heart Disease Awareness Month Concept, Healing Human HeartMay is Women’s Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of women’s health and encourage women to take care of themselves. This month serves as a reminder that women’s health is a critical issue that requires attention and action. According to a study by the Population Reference Bureau, young women in the United States are more likely to die now than at any point since the 1960s. This statistic highlights the urgent need for women to prioritize their health and well-being. Continue reading Women’s Health Month

Speaking at a Funeral: How to Honor Your Loved One

Speaking at a funeral in front of a microphoneThe passing of a loved one is a profound and emotional experience, and speaking at their funeral can be both a privilege and a challenge. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we understand the importance of commemorating the life and legacy of your loved one with heartfelt words and meaningful tributes while speaking at a funeral. Drawing inspiration from expert guidance, we offer valuable tips for delivering a touching and memorable eulogy.

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Is it Okay to Laugh & Smile at a Funeral?

Smile at a funeralFunerals can be a time of mixed emotions. While they are often associated with grief and sadness, they can also be an opportunity to celebrate and honor the life of a loved one. One question that often arises is whether it’s okay to laugh and smile at a funeral.

The short answer? Yes, it’s okay to laugh and smile at a funeral. Laughter and smiles are natural expressions of human emotion, and they can play an important role in the grieving process. Sharing fond memories, funny stories, and moments of joy can bring comfort and solace to those in mourning, helping to lighten the mood and create a sense of connection and camaraderie among family and friends. Continue reading Is it Okay to Laugh & Smile at a Funeral?

Ash-Scattering Ideas

One of the ways to remember and show respect to someone who has died. Spreading their ashes at sea to be able to respect their wishes. Here at the Blue Lagoon, in Cyprus.Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services is honored to assist families in creating meaningful and personalized tributes for their loved ones. As we understand the importance of honoring someone’s life in a way that reflects their unique personality and passions, we offer a variety of options for memorialization, including ash scattering ceremonies. Continue reading Ash-Scattering Ideas

Grief: How to Share Bad News

shoulder shot of a sad asian grandma covering her face in agony on receiving a terrible news on the mobile phone in the living room at home.In the tender moments that follow a loved one’s passing, sharing the news of their departure becomes a task imbued with profound sensitivity and care. At Foothill Funeral, nestled in the heart of Glendora, we understand the weight of this responsibility and extend our heartfelt guidance to those navigating the path of mourning and grief. Sharing news of death, dying, and loss requires a delicate balance of honesty, compassion, and respect for both the deceased and those who grieve.

Here, we offer our insights on how to share such significant news, drawing from our experience in supporting countless families through their moments of grieving, funeral planning, memorial services, and cremation decisions. Continue reading Grief: How to Share Bad News

Resurrection Stories

Easter watercolor illustration: the cave of Jesus Christ, a flower wreath, the inscription "Christ is risen!" Easter print, decor, Christian resurrection, Holy Sepulcher, Good FridayThe concept of resurrection holds deep significance for many people, particularly during the Easter season. While the resurrection of Jesus Christ is perhaps the most well-known example of overcoming death, there are countless other stories from various cultures and religions that speak to the idea of resurrection and new life. Continue reading Resurrection Stories

Spring Grief

Spring GriefSpringtime brings with it a sense of renewal and growth. But for those who have lost a loved one, it can also evoke a complex mix of emotions. Here at Foothill Funeral, nestled in the heart of Glendora, California, we understand the unique challenges of coping with spring grief. As the world awakens with vibrant colors and new life, it can feel like a stark contrast to the pain and sadness we may be experiencing. In times of grief, you may prefer the gloomy weather because it more closely matches your mood. However, amidst the juxtaposition of new life and death, it’s important to remember that you are not alone in your journey through grief. Continue reading Spring Grief

Religious Funerals

Major religions of the world on a crossroads sign. Featuring: Christianity, Islam and JudaismReligious funerals are popular. So, at Foothill Funeral, we understand the importance of honoring religious customs and traditions when planning a funeral or memorial service. Each religious faith and cultural tradition offers its own unique customs and rituals surrounding death and mourning, and it’s important to respect and uphold these traditions during the funeral process. Continue reading Religious Funerals

How to Make a Great Memorial Video

play memorial videoCreating a memorial video is a meaningful way to honor and celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed away. At Foothill Funeral, located in Glendora, California, we understand the importance of preserving memories and paying tribute to those we have lost. Here are some tips on how to make an awesome memorial video that beautifully captures the essence of your loved one’s life and legacy. Continue reading How to Make a Great Memorial Video

Happy National Funeral Director and Mortician’s Day

National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day. March 11. Holiday concept. Template for background, banner, card, poster with text inscription. Vector EPS10 illustrationNational Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day is March 11. This day serves as an opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation. We salute the dedicated professionals serving our community with compassion, dignity, and respect during some of life’s most challenging moments. Continue reading Happy National Funeral Director and Mortician’s Day

How to Survive an Anniversary & Birthday After Someone Dies

An elderly man with gray hair in a brown jacket stands in a cemetery on a sunny day. Mourning a loved one at the grave. Generative AIA birthday and wedding anniversary or the anniversary of passings, and other post-death milestones evoke a whirlwind of emotions for surviving family members. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we understand the significance of these anniversaries and the challenges they may bring. It’s important to approach these occasions with sensitivity and compassion. Allow families to honor their loved ones while navigating their grief journey. Continue reading How to Survive an Anniversary & Birthday After Someone Dies

Valentine’s Day: How to Cope After a Death

Crumpled and torn red paper heart on a dark background, top view. Concept of broken heartValentine’s Day can be a challenging time for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. As a funeral home serving the Glendora, California community, we understand the unique struggles that individuals may face as they navigate this holiday while grieving the absence of someone dear to them. While Valentine’s Day is typically associated with expressions of love and affection, recognize that grief doesn’t take a holiday and that it is okay to feel a range of emotions during this time. Continue reading Valentine’s Day: How to Cope After a Death

Common Scams Targeting the Bereaved

Beware Of ScamsLosing a loved one can leave you feeling vulnerable and more prone to fall for scams than you might otherwise be likely to believe. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we have had the privilege of serving our community during some of their most challenging times. It is our duty to not only provide compassionate and professional funeral services but also to protect our clients from potential scams that can prey on the bereaved when they are in a weakened start. In this blog post, we shed light on some common scams that target those grieving the loss of a loved one. Continue reading Common Scams Targeting the Bereaved

7 Grief Texts to Comfort Someone

grief textsNavigating the journey of grief can be incredibly challenging. And offering support to someone who is grieving is a thoughtful and comforting gesture. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we understand the importance of reaching out to those who are mourning. Sending simple, heartfelt grief texts can make a significant difference in their day. In this blog post, we want to share seven comforting text messages that can bring solace to someone who is grieving. Continue reading 7 Grief Texts to Comfort Someone

Creative Funeral Ideas

In loving memory of those who are forever in our hearts text and black ribbon waving and rolling to heart shape vector designAt Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we appreciate that every individual is unique, and their life should be celebrated in a way that reflects their personality and passions. When it comes to arranging a funeral or memorial service, there are many creative ways to honor and remember your loved one. In this blog post, we explore some innovative funeral ideas that can help make the ceremony a truly special and meaningful experience.

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How Pre-Funding a Funeral Helps with Medi-Cal Approval

Notepad with prepayment on a wooden surface.At Foothill Funeral, our mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive funeral services to the Los Angeles Basin. We understand that planning for end-of-life expenses can be a daunting task, and we are here to support you every step of the way. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how pre-funding a funeral can assist you in qualifying for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. Continue reading How Pre-Funding a Funeral Helps with Medi-Cal Approval

Death Documents

Preparing for the future is a topic many of us would rather not dwell on. However, it is a crucial aspect of ensuring that your wishes are respected when the time comes. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we offer guidance on the necessary documents to have in place before facing the inevitable. These documents can help alleviate stress for your loved ones during a difficult time. What’s more, it will ensure your loved ones properly carry out your wishes. Continue reading Death Documents

Funeral Trends for 2024

set of women's clothing in black in different colors on hangers, a concept for fashion, mourning and shopping funeral trends for 2024As we look ahead to 2024, we at Foothill Funeral are keenly aware of the evolving landscape of funeral services. The funeral industry continues to adapt to changing times, reflecting shifting preferences and needs. Here are some of the funeral trends we anticipate and embrace for the year 2024:

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Open Casket vs Closed Casket: That is the Question

Funeral ceremony. Scene with a coffin in a church. generative AIMaking decisions about a loved one’s final arrangements can be an emotional and challenging process. One significant decision that families often face is whether to have an open casket or a closed casket during the funeral service. This decision is deeply personal, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. In this blog post, we explore the considerations surrounding open casket vs. closed casket funerals and touch on alternative options like cremation. Continue reading Open Casket vs Closed Casket: That is the Question

National Hospice Month

Hospice word cloud concept on grey backgroundJoin us in recognizing National Hospice Month, which is November. This special month honors the invaluable services provided by hospice care providers. What’s more, it celebrates the lives of those who have received compassionate end-of-life care. In this blog post, we would like to share our thoughts and sentiments as we commemorate National Hospice Month. Continue reading National Hospice Month

National Day of Mourning

National Day of Mourning_candle_feather_native_american_iconAt Foothill Funeral, we understand the profound impact that loss and grief can have on individuals and families. As a compassionate funeral home located in Glendora, California, we support our community through every aspect of their mourning journey. This includes recognizing and honoring the National Day of Mourning, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November each year. Continue reading National Day of Mourning

Memorial Services: Providing Closure and Honoring a Life

Heartbreak: An emotional image of a broken heart, representing the pain and sorrow that can come with divorce or the end of a relationship. Ai generated.While some people say, “I don’t want a funeral service after I die,” this statement may not be fair to survivors. After all, losing a cherished family member or friend is an incredibly challenging experience. The pain and grief that follow can be overwhelming, and it’s during these times that memorial services take on a crucial role. They provide a space for healing, remembrance, and a sense of closure for those left behind.

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Euthanasia

Euthanasia terminally ill patient ending of life concept as a medical Intervention to end pain and suffering as a health care symbol as the hand of an elderly person with an ecg or ekg flatline on a monitor graph in a 3D illustration style.At Foothill Funeral, located in the heart of Glendora, California, we understand the profound challenges and difficult decisions that families face when dealing with terminal illnesses. In this blog post, we will delve into the topic of euthanasia, its status under California law, and offer insights into supporting someone in their final stages of a fatal illness. Continue reading Euthanasia

Sudden Grief: 8 Ways to Cope

Young man pressing on chest with painful expression. Severe heartache, having heart attack or painful cramps, heart disease.Profound sadness accompanies the sudden death of a loved one. We call this “Sudden Grief.” At Foothill Funeral, we are more than just a funeral service provider; we are a part of the community. And we have witnessed firsthand the challenges that families face when dealing with unexpected loss. Today, we want to share our insights and experiences on how to cope with the sudden death of a loved one, in the hopes that it may offer solace and guidance during these difficult times. Continue reading Sudden Grief: 8 Ways to Cope

Death & the Holidays

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Halloween is one holiday you may have to work through following the death of a loved one.

In this blog post, we cover an important topic relative to grief: death & the holidays. Discussing the topic of death during the holidays may seem unconventional. However, as the holiday season encroaches, we believe that these moments of reflection can offer solace and healing during a time when many are celebrating life, family, and tradition. Continue reading Death & the Holidays

Death & Halloween

Graveyard in spooky death Forest At Halloween Night.Halloween and Death relate to each other. October 31st has long been associated with costumes, candy, and spooky decorations. So, it’s easy to reflect about how Halloween has evolved over the years. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, people perceive a subtle but significant change about death during this season. It seems that, over time, death disappeared from Halloween. And in its place, a beautiful tradition has emerged – the Day of the Dead. Halloween, once known as All Hallows’ Eve, was traditionally a time when people believed the boundary between the living and the dead was at its thinnest. It was a night to honor and remember loved ones who had passed away, and it was accompanied by rituals to connect with the spirit world. However, as time passed, Halloween in the United States became more commercialized and focused on costumes and candy, gradually distancing itself from its original purpose. Continue reading Death & Halloween

Scams Targeting the Bereaved

It's a scam text on yellow cover with magnifying glass. Scamming and fraud conceptAt Foothill Funeral, we understand that losing a loved one is one of life’s most challenging experiences. During such a vulnerable time, it’s crucial to be aware of the common scams that target the bereaved. Unfortunately, there are individuals who prey on people in mourning for financial gain. In this blog post, I’ll shed light on some of the most prevalent scams and offer advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones during this difficult period. Continue reading Scams Targeting the Bereaved

Clergy or Celebrant: Funeral Officiant Choice

Meeting clerics and priests. Representatives of the Orthodox clergy in black robes sit in the conference hall. Conceptual background for design and news about religion.Planning a funeral service can be a challenging and emotional task. One of the crucial decisions you will need to make is selecting the right celebrant or clergy member to lead the service. We are here to offer guidance on this important aspect of planning a meaningful and personalized farewell for your loved one.

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Death Checklist: When a Loved One Dies

Close- up hand holding pen on check list paper and the format for filling in information in business concept,vintage style and softtoneAt Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we understand the profound grief and overwhelming emotions that follow the loss of a loved one. During these difficult times, it’s crucial to have guidance on the practical steps that need to be taken to honor your loved one’s memory and manage their affairs. In this blog post, we offer a death checklist — suggestions for what to do after a loved one dies. Continue reading Death Checklist: When a Loved One Dies

Death Doulas

Lonely elderly senior woman in a wheelchair in nursing home looking out the window, Generative AIWhen it comes to end-of-life care, we understand the significance of providing our clients and their families with the utmost compassion and personalized support. One invaluable resource in this journey is the presence of a Death Doula. In this article, we’d like to delve into the profound role of a Death Doula, shedding light on what they do and how they contribute to ensuring a peaceful transition for your loved one. Continue reading Death Doulas

Scattering Ashes with Meaning

Illustration of abstract scatter black dots over white backgroundAt Foothill Funeral, we understand that saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. Therefore, as a compassionate partner in your journey of remembrance, we’re here to help you navigate the process of honoring your loved one’s final wishes. One beautiful way to commemorate their life is by scattering their ashes in a meaningful and personalized manner. So, please join us as we explore ash scattering ideas that can provide solace and comfort during this emotional time. Continue reading Scattering Ashes with Meaning

How to Talk to Children About Death

how to talk to children about deathAs a funeral home nestled in the heart of Glendora, California, we understand the importance of addressing life’s complexities with care, especially when it involves discussing topics like death with children. As the back-to-school season approaches, we find it fitting to guide parents and guardians on how to approach conversations with children about death with grace and openness. Continue reading How to Talk to Children About Death

Crypts & Vaults: Alternate Final Options

Family Mausoleum with crypt and vaultWhen it comes to planning, many consider traditional burial or cremation, but there is a lesser-known option that’s both unique and dignified – the choice of a vault or crypt. We’re here to shed light on this option, the types of places that offer it, and the containers available for placement. Continue reading Crypts & Vaults: Alternate Final Options

Casket Selection

a lady choosing a coffinAs a compassionate and understanding funeral home nestled in the heart of Glendora, California, we at Foothill Funeral know that choosing a casket can be a deeply emotional and significant decision. During such challenging times, it’s essential to approach this process with care and sensitivity. Today, we’re here to offer guidance on how to choose a casket that honors your loved one’s memory and reflects their unique personality. Continue reading Casket Selection

Bereaved Parents Month

July is Bereaved Parents' MonthAt Foothill Funeral, we understand that life’s journey is filled with moments of joy and sorrow. As a compassionate funeral home, we support families through the toughest times of their lives. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge July as National Bereaved Parents’ Month. Losing a child is an experience no parent should ever have to endure. And yet, countless parents face this devastating reality every year. The pain of such a loss is incomprehensible, and it leaves a wound that never truly heals. This month, we come together as a community to offer solace. We also understand, and want to strengthen parents who carry the immense burden of grief.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month. Poster with different people on green backgroundAs we recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to emphasize the significance of prioritizing mental health and offering support to those affected by the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide. In this post, we share our insights, offering practical tips for suicide prevention and suggestions for coping with the profound grief that follows such a devastating event. Together, let us raise awareness, foster understanding, and facilitate healing during this important month. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month

Funeral Home History

funeral home history word handwritten on chalkboard with vintage precise stopwatch used  Funeral home: The concept today is relatively recent. Throughout history, the responsibility of preparing the deceased for burial or cremation fell upon family and friends. However, in the 19th century, the emergence of specialized funeral homes transformed the way we commemorate and lay our loved ones to rest. Continue reading Funeral Home History

SoCal Cremation & Burial

SoCal Cremation costsFoothill Funeral, a compassionate funeral home located in Glendora, which is in Southern California. Today, we want to shed light on a topic that often arises when planning end-of-life services: the costs associated with SoCal cremation and burial. As experienced funeral professionals, we understand the importance of transparency and guidance during this sensitive time. So, let us provide you with insights into the pricing aspects of burial and cremation services in Southern California.

SoCal Cremation & Burial Services

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Morgue vs Funeral Home

Grungy photo of corpse feet on a morgue tableWhen dealing with end-of-life matters, it is crucial to comprehend the differences between various facilities involved. Two terms that often arise are “morgue” and “funeral home.” At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we believe in equipping individuals with knowledge to make informed decisions during difficult times. In this blog post, we will shed light on the distinction between a morgue and a funeral home, fostering understanding and clarity.

The Purpose of a Morgue

A morgue, also known as a coroner’s office, facilitates temporary storage and examination of deceased individuals. Morgues play a vital role in the forensic and medical system, aiding in the determination of the cause of death through autopsies and ensuring the preservation of bodies during investigations. Operated by medical professionals, including pathologists and forensic experts, morgues are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as refrigeration units, autopsy rooms, and mortuary tables to handle bodies with utmost care. Our focus at Foothill Funeral, however, lies primarily on funeral services rather than forensic purposes. That said, we perform services such as embalming and further preparation of bodies before burial. Continue reading Morgue vs Funeral Home

Obituary: 10 Steps for Writing Well

Funeral banner - In loving memory text on candles light and black background vector designAs someone who has been entrusted with the important task of writing obituaries, we understand the immense responsibility and the desire to honor the lives of our loved ones in a truly meaningful way. Today, we would like to share some insights and tips on how to write an obituary that captures the essence of a person and pays a fitting tribute to their life. Continue reading Obituary: 10 Steps for Writing Well

Traditions

Funeral Traditions RitualsIn times of loss, funeral homes serve as pillars of support, compassion, and comfort, providing essential assistance to those grieving the departure of a loved one. However, funeral homes offer much more than logistical aid; they play a profound role in honoring and commemorating the lives of the departed. Therefore, in this blog post, we delve into the importance of funeral traditions and rituals and how they can facilitate healing, closure, and a profound sense of connection for grieving families. Continue reading Traditions

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's in DeathCoping with the Loss of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month serves as a poignant reminder of the impact of dementia on individuals and their families. Coping with the loss of a loved one who had dementia can be a uniquely challenging experience, as grief may be intertwined with complex emotions and memories. At Foothill Funeral, we understand the importance of providing support during these difficult times. In this blog post, we explore strategies to help navigate grief when someone who had dementia passes away, offering solace and understanding during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and beyond.

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Military Appreciation

Military Appreciation MonthAs we celebrate Military Appreciation Month in May, we pause to remember the brave men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we are deeply grateful for their sacrifice and commitment to our nation.

For military families, the sacrifices are countless. Military members leave behind their families to serve their country, often in perilous and life-threatening conditions. They miss out on important milestones such as the birth of their children, birthdays, and holidays. They endure long periods of separation from their loved ones and often return home with physical or emotional scars. Continue reading Military Appreciation

Go Green in Death

A handgun fires the Earth as a bulletAt Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we are committed to helping families make informed choices about their end-of-life planning. As we recently celebrated Earth Day, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the importance of choosing environmentally friendly options for your final arrangements. In this post you’ll read about how to “go green.”

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Anniversary of a Death: 6 Ways to Survive

Unhappy senior man looking at cake and blown candle, sad birthday, lonelinessLosing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can experience. And pain of grief can multiply near the anniversary of their death. The day can be a reminder of the pain and heartache that you experienced when they passed away. However, it is important to remember that you can survive the anniversary of their death. Here are some tips on how to cope: Continue reading Anniversary of a Death: 6 Ways to Survive

Funeral Etiquette

Funeral Etiquette HearseFunerals are events that come with a lot of emotions. And it is essential attendees understand and follow proper etiquette to show respect to the deceased and their loved ones. While it may seem like a somber occasion, a memorial service is an opportunity to offer support to those grieving and celebrate the life of the person who has died. In this blog post, we examine recommended funeral etiquette. Continue reading Funeral Etiquette

Children & Grief: 7 Ways to Help

Grieving family walking through a cemetery with childrenGrief is a natural and necessary part of life, but it can be especially difficult for children to process. As parents and caregivers, it is our responsibility to help children understand and cope with the loss of a loved one. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we understand how important it is to provide support to families during this difficult time. Here are some tips on how to help children process grief:

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Eulogy

Eulogy word cloud conceptWhen a loved one dies, it can be a difficult and emotional time for family and friends. One of the most challenging tasks during this time is writing a eulogy. A eulogy is a speech given at a funeral or memorial service to celebrate the life and honor the memory of the deceased. It is essential to write an effective eulogy that captures the spirit and essence of the person while providing comfort to those grieving. In this post, we will provide some tips on how to write an effective eulogy. Continue reading Eulogy

Death of a Spouse: Why wait one year to make a big decision?

Death of a spouse in glendoraLosing a spouse to death can be a devastating and life-altering experience. It can leave one feeling lost, alone, and overwhelmed with grief. During such a time, it is common for individuals to try to make major decisions or life changes as a way of regaining control and moving forward. However, many experts recommend that one wait for at least a year before making any significant decisions or moves after the loss of a spouse. Continue reading Death of a Spouse: Why wait one year to make a big decision?

Plan a Funeral: 8 Steps

How to plan a funeralWould you know how to plan a funeral? Planning a funeral can be a difficult and emotional experience, but it is an essential part of saying goodbye to someone special. Whether you are organizing the arrangements beforehand or need to make plans after a loved one has passed away, there are several steps you can take to ensure that the funeral is a fitting and respectful tribute to their life. Continue reading Plan a Funeral: 8 Steps

Donate Your Body to Science?

Team of surgeon doctors are performing heart surgery operation for patient from organ donor to save more life in the emergency surgical roomDeath, an inevitable reality of life no one escapes. Once we die, people can utilize our bodies as a resource. One available option is to donate your body to science. By doing so, you contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and research. Another is to donate organs to save lives. However, the decision to donate your body to science or to donate organs should be made only after careful consideration. In this blog post, we discuss.  Continue reading Donate Your Body to Science?

Grief: What to Say (And What Not to Say)

Text sign showing Say What Question. Conceptual photo Repeat the thing you said Attonishment Surprise Expression in GriefLosing a loved one is one of the most difficult and emotionally trying experiences that we can go through. It can be challenging to know what to say to someone who has just lost a loved one, but it’s important to offer comfort and support during this difficult time. Here are some guidelines on what to say and what not to say to someone in grief, who recently lost someone who died.

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Valentine’s Grief

Valentine's Grief Heart breakingGreeting card companies start promoting Valentine’s Day in January. And that’s all well and good if you’re involved in a romantic relationship. But what if you recently lost the one you love to death? It’s difficult to celebrate any holiday without someone special by your side. But with Valentine’s Day, the hurt compounds. Is there a way to get through this time of year without your loved one? Yes! In this blog, we address the difficult topic of Valentine’s grief.  Continue reading Valentine’s Grief

2023 After Death

Foothill Funeral Grief in 2023It can be hard to start 2023 after someone you love dies. Many people find that they need a lot of time to grieve and adjust their lives to the new reality of life without their loved one. This time can overwhelm and lead to loneliness. But rest assured, you can take steps to support yourself as you move forward with your life.

2023: Give Yourself Time to Grieve

Grief is a process, not an event. It takes time to heal. Resist the urge to feel rushed into getting over it. You may need several weeks, months or even years before the pain subsides. Don’t compare your grief with someone else’s. Everyone processes loss differently. No accurate universal timeline exists for healing. Continue reading 2023 After Death

Christmas Grief

Young sad woman sitting near the Christmas tree. Depressed woman during Christmas holiday at home.Holidays are a time for joy and celebration, a time to get together with family and friends. It’s also a time to be reflective about the past year and look forward to the new year ahead. For anyone who’s experienced the loss of a loved one during the holidays, however, this can be an incredibly difficult time. Here are some ways to recover from Christmas grief:  Continue reading Christmas Grief

Mourning Gift Ideas

Christmas Advent calendar for kids. Gifts boxes with numbers and animal illustration for children. Eco friendly christmasMourning the loss of someone close to you can be difficult during this time of year. There are so many feelings and emotions that come with losing someone close to you, but there are also ways to celebrate their memory during this holiday season. Here are some gift ideas for people who are mourning: Continue reading Mourning Gift Ideas

We are thankful for you!

Thankful message with pumpkins on a blue backgroundSince it’s the time of year to gather to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, we wanted to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to you! At Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services (FFC), we have a lot to be thankful for. 2022 was an outstanding first year of business for us – filled with innovation, growth and community support:

  • We are thankful to the city of Azusa, where owner/operators Manny Godoy and Rocky Bautista and our family lived for many years before recently relocating to Covina.

  • Glendora FuneralWe are thankful to the city of Glendora, where our showroom is located on Grand Avenue. Glendora is a great community for small business. And we are blessed to hang our hats in the Pride of the Foothills.
  • Covina ThanksgivingWe are thankful for Covina, where we have recently relocated our home and have joined with Sacred Heart Chapel, to offer clients a great place to host a funeral ceremony or remembrance.

  • We are thankful for our staff, who help make us look good, working with the community and families in a caring yet efficient manner.Silhouette of climbers who climbed to the top of the mountain thanks to mutual assistance and teamwork. Conceptual scene of a team of alpinists

  • We are thankful for the opportunity to work with families during their time of need. We consider ourselves blessed to use experience to help families.

  • We are thankful for veterans. As we discussed in last week’s post, we offer special veteran’s services because we are so thankful for the sacrifices that service men and women and their loved ones make on behalf of our country.

  • We are thankful for pets. As the only funeral home in Southern California to offer services for people as well as pets, we often get to appreciate the unique relationships people have with their four-legged friends. Our own dog, Lola, is a bereavement pug who works with us in our office and helps people who are experiencing grief. Come by our showroom to meet Lola.

  • We are thankful for digital technology, which enables us to offer online tributes and honor individual client communication preferences, so people can contact us via text, email, on the phone or in person.

    Thai Buddhist Stlye cremation believe to have gone to heavenWe are thankful to be alive at a time when advances in cremation processes offer the potential for bio-cremation, which is an exciting alternative to traditional cremation.

  • We are thankful for new attitudes, which enable people to remember their loved ones in whatever way they feel most comfortable, be it traditional, liturgical religious ceremonies or life celebrations with creative themes and personalized music.

  • Green energy technology, environmentally sustainable renewable energy. Home with and clean energy windmill on Light bulb on green background. 3d isometric vector illustration.We are thankful for eco-friendly options, which offer mourners the chance to say goodbye to loved ones in a way that protects the future of the earth. As parents, that is something we value.

  • We are thankful for the plethora of resources available to help people who are grieving. This type of assistance was not always available. So, we count ourselves privileged to be able to point clients to places that offer help.

  • We are thankful for you! Happy Thanksgiving Day, from all of us at Foothill Funeral & Cremation.happy thanksgiving design, vector illustration eps10 graphic


About Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services

Funeral directing is a unique job. The reason we enjoy it is because we love helping families during their time of need. Drop by our Glendora showroom any time. In Covina, our relationship with Sacred Heart Chapel is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorial services in a grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.

Holiday Grief

Holiday and GriefGrief is hard to endure at any time, but it seems to be worse during the holiday season. Though accepting a loss becomes easier with time, it’s something that never completely goes away. There is no “pause” button for grief, but you can alleviate some of the feelings you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know is struggling with grief this holiday season, here are some tips to help you get through this painful time.

Coping with Holiday Grief

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How to Plan a Funeral

Action plan concept illustration. Time management. Vector illustrationIf someone you love dies, you may face the difficult task of planning their funeral. This can be a challenging process to handle alone. But don’t worry. We are here to help guide you through it. In this blog post, we will walk you through how to plan a funeral, from choosing the venue to picking out the perfect outfit for the day of the memorial. Continue reading How to Plan a Funeral

Grief Gifts

Business, support group and man at the office in depression with supportive colleagues at the workplace. Male employee with mental health problems in divorce, grief or loss with helpful coworkersDeath is tough. And processing grief is difficult. So, when someone you love loses a loved one, you may not immediately know the best way to offer support in their time of need. However, one simple gesture may make all the difference. Consider giving them a gift to show you care. Here are some examples of the best gifts for someone who is grieving. Continue reading Grief Gifts

Day of the Dead/Dia del Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos Day of the deadA popular form of Halloween décor in Mexico, as well as in parts of the United States, includes colorful skulls (Calaveras), associated with the Day of the Dead. Translated Dia de Los Muertos, the holiday coincides with Halloween because they both are celebrated around the same time each year. Also, each event honors people who have died. Halloween concentrates on a lighthearted celebration of friendly ghosts, humorous ghouls, and friendly witches. However, Dia de Los Muertos invites family members and friends who died to return one day each year. They come back to commune with their loved ones still alive. Continue reading Day of the Dead/Dia del Los Muertos

Death Doula

Death doulas, also known as end-of-life doulas provide non-medical guidance and support for people approaching death and for their families. A relatively new concept in modern America, a doula helps clients make practical to-do lists and help them check it off. Though the term is relatively unknown, the role is common and has storied roots. In the United States, people are familiar with the term doula, but mostly related to birth. This is unfortunate, since death doulas can serve an invaluable role in the communicates between clients, families, friends, medical professionals, and hospice staff.

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Cremation

Cremation Urn with flowersCremation is an increasingly popular method of body disposal. A more affordable alternative to other forms of disposal, the process reduces the amount of space and environmental impact needed for burial. Cremation also allows families to honor their loved ones in a meaningful way.

Eco-Friendly Option

Per body, cremation produces between 200-500 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. Emissions offset in about two to three months. This green option appeals to people concerned about the environment. On the other hand, a body which has been buried will take more than 50 years to decompose. After this period, all that will remain are mummified skin and tendons. The lengthy process involves more than 200 human bones. Also, the body contains a few trillion microbes, and as many as 37 trillion cells. Continue reading Cremation

Live Streaming Memorial Services

Young women in mourning are looking on computer screen and crying. Computer set with snitch and picture frame template. Sad girls in black are watching funeral live stream.In recent years, live streaming services for funerals and memorial services have become increasingly popular. They offer a way for loved ones who are unable to attend in person to participate in the event remotely. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of live streaming for funerals. However, the concept remains an important way to include family and friends. In many cases, these loved ones are geographically distant. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we offer live streaming services. In this blog post, we explain how they can help bring people together during difficult times. Continue reading Live Streaming Memorial Services