More About Pandemic Grief

Posted on June 23rd, 2020
Posted by Manny Godoy under Coronavirus, COVID-19, Death, Funeral Services, Funerals
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Part 2 of a 2-Part Series Last week, we began a two-part series about handling pandemic grief. Click here to read the first post. In this blog, we will discuss formal strategies for managing grief in the event you lost someone you love to COVID-19. Grief associated with a death which resulted from Coronavirus may […]

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Grief in a Pandemic

Posted on June 16th, 2020
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(Part 1 in a Series) If someone you love died during the COVID-19 pandemic, you likely encountered numerous issues relative to the death. This is true regardless of whether or not the deceased person died as a result of the Coronavirus. Since mid-March, millions of families across the world have encountered unique challenges when someone […]

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How to Plan a Funeral During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on June 9th, 2020
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Since mid-March, people have faced tough decisions about Coronavirus as it relates to the death and life celebrations of loved ones. In many cases, with strict social distancing guidelines in place, the state forbids mourners from hosting gatherings of more than 10 people. In LA County, where Foothill Funeral & Cremation is located, California Governor […]

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Death & COVID-19

Posted on May 28th, 2020
Posted by Manny Godoy under Coronavirus, COVID-19, Death, Funerals, Mortuaries, Uncategorized
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COVID-19 currently dominates headlines and preoccupies our thoughts. So, we wanted to devote a blog post to discuss ways to cope with death in the midst of COVID-19. Although people more often consider the topic of death during a pandemic, we have been working in the funeral industry since 1996. So, we spend a great […]

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Pandemic Pre-Planning

Posted on May 13th, 2020
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(Part 1 of a 2-Part Series) We have recently fielded lots of calls from people who are concerned about repercussions of COVID-19 relative to their end-of-life planning. With death featured so prominently in the news, we can’t escape thoughts about what would occur if it happens to us. And after working in the funeral industry […]

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Good Habits to Adopt During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on May 5th, 2020
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Since COVID-19 will likely be around for some time, we need to develop healthy habits to keep safe. At Foothill Funeral & Cremation, we’ve developed Coronavirus-specific protocols to keep our employees and clients as healthy as possible. Click here to read our blog post about our COVID-19 Mortuary Practice. As a public service, we have […]

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Pandemics & Plagues

Posted on April 24th, 2020
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Very few news outlets these days cover anything besides the COVID-19 pandemic. A quick perusal of social and mainstream media will reveal America’s newfound obsession. But why are we so single-mindedly focused on Coronavirus? Surely other things are happening in the world. When all is said and done, chalk it all up to an underlying fear […]

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Brain Death

Posted on April 18th, 2020
Posted by Manny Godoy under Brain Death, Death, End-Of-Life, Uncategorized
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Although people often joke about someone being “braindead,” the reality is no laughing matter. Brain Death is described as the total and irreversible loss of all brain function and the circumstance under which the donation of vital organs most commonly takes place. Another, more detailed definition is: “There is only one kind of death — […]

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Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

Posted on April 8th, 2020
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As we mentioned in last week’s blog post, hospital staff members around the world are considering universal “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) orders for all COVID-19 patients. In a follow-up to the piece which first examined the practice by a reporter for the Washington Post, Forbes maintains that medical personnel still struggle with the decision, as […]

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Mortuary Practice & COVID-19

Posted on March 27th, 2020
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If someone asks you to find an article or blog post written over the past several weeks not referencing the coronavirus, you would be hard-pressed to comply. The topic has been front-of-mind and top-of-tongue for virtually every person living on Planet Earth. This obsession includes the funeral industry. And while we deal with death on […]

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What Could Kill You Besides Coronavirus

Posted on March 19th, 2020
Posted by Manny Godoy under Burial, Death, Funerals, Memorials, Pre-Planning, Suicide
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With businesses and school shuttering and media outlets covering Coronavirus stories nonstop, it’s easy to get caught up in fear and worry. After all, to date, there have been 244,526 cases of the illness worldwide and more than 10,000 deaths. The United States reports 13,622 cases and 189 deaths. But allow us to allay your […]

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Overdose: Part 2

Posted on March 6th, 2020
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In this blog post, part 2, we wrap up the series by discussing the signs of drug addiction so you can spot them before they result in a tragic overdose. Last week, we started a two-part series about Black Balloon Day, which is March 6, 2020. Click here to read the first entry. Part 2 […]

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FFC Black Balloon Day: Overdose & Grief

Posted on February 29th, 2020
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Part 1 of a 2-Part Series Black Balloon Day is March 6, 2020. A national and international event, the campaign is designed to bring awareness to death by overdose. This is a worthwhile endeavor. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 72,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2019. Opioid addiction […]

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Funeral Home Price Transparency

Posted on February 19th, 2020
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California Consumer Watchdog Groups complain that funeral homes across the Southland continually ignore regulations relative to price transparency. The only state with such code restrictions, California requires funeral directors to provide written prices for goods and services. Called Funeral Home Price Transparency, California legislation [Article 5.5 (7685 – 7685.6)] stipulates the following: Funeral Home Price Transparency […]

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Hospice & Palliative Care

Posted on February 12th, 2020
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Hospital staff say that family and friends of patients sometimes refuse hospice or palliative care. They do so with the mistaken belief that the treatment will usher in the end of life. However, that is far from the case. Doctors recommend both types of care only after reaching the conclusion that curative treatment options no […]

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Group Grief: Losing Kobe Bryant

Posted on February 5th, 2020
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About a week ago, the world collectively gasped at the unbelievable news that Laker Legend Kobe Bryant and eight other passengers perished in a horrific helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Sudden and sad, reports confirmed the loss of not only Bryant but his 13-year-old daughter as well as coaches and players who everyone agreed died […]

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Suicide

Posted on January 17th, 2020
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As funeral directors, our saddest cases often center around the death of a child. But we are equally affected when death is self-inflicted. Suicide is a serious public health problem in the United States, which affects people of all ages. In fact, nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 […]

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Fear of Death

Posted on January 10th, 2020
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A new Amy Adams movie centers around the common yet somewhat irrational fear of entering open or crowded spaces or even simply leaving the house, agoraphobia. But thousands of people suffer from a lesser known but equally alarming phobia, the fear of death, AKA Thanatophobia. While many, if not most, people are afraid to die, people […]

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Grief-Busting Tips

Posted on December 30th, 2019
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If you lost someone you love in 2019, you may be relieved to usher in the start of a new year. But, at the same time, celebrating anything without the one who died may tie your stomach in knots. Closing the door on beloved traditions may help with closure but might leave you feeling out […]

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How to Be Thankful in the Midst of Grief: 10 Ideas

Posted on November 23rd, 2019
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Whether your loved one died near this holiday or in years past, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a trying time for anyone who has experienced loss. In last week’s blog post, we discussed ways to process grief during the holidays. We offered suggestions for navigating the period between November and […]

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Thanksgiving Grief

Posted on November 13th, 2019
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The holidays often cause even emotionally healthy people to falter. So, is it any wonder that people who have recently lost a loved one to death struggle between the months of November through January? With so many memories tied to the deceased, people who are actively grieving often tell us they wish they could go […]

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Your Funeral Your Way

Posted on October 21st, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Burial, Coffins, Death, Funerals, Pre-Planning, Uncategorized
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Burger King launched a memorable commercial campaign in 1976. You may remember the jingle? “Hold the pickle. Hold the lettuce. Special orders don’t upset us. All we ask is that you let us have it your way.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJMsFGH4eoQ Your Funeral, Have it Your Way The same could be said for the way we approach funeral […]

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Afterlife: What Happens When You Die

Posted on October 8th, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Afterlife, Burial, Death, End-Of-Life, Mortuary
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Existential questions have plagued mankind since the days of Adam and Eve. Working in the funeral industry, we often encounter people who wonder what happens after death. Of course, answers to the question are often tied to religious and philosophical beliefs. While we can unequivocally explain what happens to your body scientifically and practically when […]

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6 Things to Know about Funeral Etiquette  

Posted on September 25th, 2019
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All too often, funerals depress most people. In many cases, the atmosphere is sad and dark. While families and friends of the deceased reel over their loss, other mourners huddle on the sidelines, wondering what they should say and do. In a culture where death is treated like an uninvited dinner guest, many funeral attendees […]

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The Science of Mortuary Science

Posted on September 13th, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Body Reconstruction, Burial, Death, Funerals, Uncategorized
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Mortuary science is the study of deceased bodies through work typically done at a mortuary. The term most often applies to a college curriculum in the United States which prepares students for careers as morticians or funeral directors. Many who take the coursework also study the related field of embalming. Some states require funeral directors apply as […]

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The Importance of Closure

Posted on August 27th, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Body Reconstruction, Burial, Caskets, Coffins, Death, Funerals, Living Funerals, Memorials
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Nothing is as final as death. Unfortunately, however, grieving family members and friends often struggle to come to grips with the finality of their loved one’s passing. Left to pick up the pieces and find the strength to move on, many fail to face the permanent nature of their loss. Denial is, after all, the […]

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Reconstruction

Posted on August 16th, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Body Reconstruction, Burial, Caskets, Cremation, Death, Embalming, Funerals
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In the 1972 classic movie, The Godfather, Vito Corleone calls upon an undertaker who owes him a favor following the startlingly traumatic shooting death of his son, Sonny. “Look what they did to my son,” he cries, imploring the mortician to work magic so Sonny’s funeral could include an open casket. As far-fetched as it may […]

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The 5 Best Buried Alive Movies

Posted on August 6th, 2019
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A common fear many people have about death is that they’ll be buried alive. Television shows, books and movies reinforce the false narrative that this occurs often. Story lines convince us that our chances of experiencing the living nightmare are much greater than reality confirms. History of Vivisepulture Known in the industry as “premature burial,” […]

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Pandemic Pre-Planning

Posted on May 19th, 2020
Posted by Manny Godoy under Caskets, Coronavirus, Death, End-Of-Life, Pre-Planning, Uncategorized
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Part 2 of a 2-Part Series This week, we conclude our two-part series about pandemic pre-planning. To read part one, click here. We started the series because we have recently fielded numerous calls from people who are concerned about repercussions of COVID-19 relative to their end-of-life planning. One way to make sure you take care of your family […]

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