You may be one of millions of Californians owed money by the State!

YOU may be one of the millions of Californias


I recently learned that the State of California is currently in possession of more than $6.1 billion in Unclaimed Property belonging to approximately 17.6 million individuals and organizations.  So I got busy and started investigating and found for family and friends over $60,000 in unclaimed funds.

Where did this “found” money come from?  The answer is that the state acquires unclaimed property through California’s Unclaimed Property Law, which requires “holders” such as corporations, business associations, financial institutions and insurance companies to annually report and deliver property to the Controller’s Office after there has been no customer contact for three years.  Often the owner forgets that the account exists, or moves and does not leave a forwarding address or the forwarding order expires.  In some cases, the owner dies and the heirs have no knowledge of the property.

This is one of the many free services we offer at Massey’s Casket Showroom.  Contact us at 310-325-1954 for more information.

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Popular Funeral Songs

The death of a loved one is never an easy thing to handle.  Some deal with their grief in ways we may not understand..while others do it with music.  Experts say that music heals the soul..and in hopes of doing that, here is a popular funeral song that may lift you up:

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Headstone Inscription Ideas

After the funeral ceremony is over, a headstone or gravestone is typically placed as a marker over the burial site of a loved one.

The inscriptions made on these headstones are considered a long-lasting symbol of remembrance, and an expression of who the person was during his life.

So what should you write? Here are a few ideas:

  • May the journey on your next adventure be as joy-filled as your time with us. See you soon!
  • He shall receive in the world to come, eternal life.
  • The Lord hath given him rest from all his enemies. We miss you very much and love you dearly.
  • We know our God is taking care of you and you are now one of his special angels. You are forever in our hearts. We can’t wait to be with you again.
  • To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.
  • Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday.
  • Step softly, a dream lies buried here. He always stood for what was right and good. And for this we shall forever cherish his memory.
  • You always did the things you thought you couldn’t do. Thank you for your courage and inspiration.
  • He achieved success here because he lived well, laughed often and loved much. We’ll forever miss you.

These are, of course, just ideas. If you need further inspiration, please give us a call. We’re here to help you come up with a headstone inscription that will surely reflect the love and beauty of your loved one.

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What to Wear to a Funeral

This is a sensitive subject, but one that many people have questions about. The definition of appropriate funeral attire varies a lot across different cultures and religions.

However, as with other aspects of modern day society, funeral dress codes have relaxed somewhat. Black dress is no longer required.

Here’s a list of typically “acceptable” funeral attire for a Southern California funeral:


  • Low Key – Dark colors like black, charcoal grey, navy and brown are no-brainers.  Other dark colors such as deep burgundy reds, greens and purples are also fine.  Just remember that anything flashy is usually not appropriate.
  • Leave the Jeans Home – A funeral is not a casual occasion.  Jeans are typically frowned upon.  Business formal is best.  Closed toe shoes are not a must but cover up neon toe nail polish.
  • Dress Modestly – Anything too alluring is inappropriate.

Sometimes the attendees will be asked to wear something specific that honors the personality of the deceased loved one.  For example, you might be requested to wear their favorite color or a T-shirt printed specifically for the funeral.   In this case respect the request.

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Beautiful Funeral Service Flowers

Flowers are an integral part of the funeral process. In fact, sympathy flowers have been part of funeral and memorial traditions in nearly every culture throughout history. For those less familiar with funeral flowers and sympathy etiquette, questions often arise.

Here are 3 top etiquette questions answered by the expert funeral floral designers at Massey’s House of Flowers.

  • Is there a “right” or “wrong” floral arrangement to send as a sympathy gift? Traditional sympathy arrangements, including triangular or fan-shaped designs, easel sprays, and baskets are some of the most popular funeral arrangements.  However, a common trend we see among funeral flowers are also arrangements that honor the deceased.

For example,

Arrangements by Massey’s House of Flowers

Many choose to celebrate their loved one by showcasing their hobbies, admirations and special talents.

  • Is it proper to say “in lieu of flowers” please send… in the death notice?  Absolutely not.  Many people express sympathy and show respect by giving charitable contributions, food donations, a helping hand, or cards and flowers.  Flowers is only one way to send your condolences.
  • What questions should I ask my florist?  Nothing.  Remember, the florist is the expert.  They will ask you the right questions.

A funeral is all about honoring the life of your loved one.  As you do, you’ll find a comfort and peace that will help you feel connected to your loved one through the rest of your life.

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Beautiful Eulogy Idea

It is a privilege to be asked to speak at a funeral service and to give a Eulogy.

The task can seem daunting, so these pages have been put together to assist. From here you can also link to poems and other tools to help you.

Below is an example of a eulogy speech that could assist as you write your speech.

“Mrs [name], [children first names], family members, colleagues and friends.

Sorrow fills our hearts at this sad moment, a sorrow that is deep and personal. [Name] has silently closed the door of life and departed from us. Our lives will be empty in the areas he had brightened for us.

Albert Einstein said, “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” In one word, [name] was a man who gave. He gave much to his work, to [list one or two]. That is why, ladies and gentlemen, as we are gathered here to say goodbye to him, I would like to speak in celebration of his life. Here was a life that demanded notice….a life that exemplified brilliance…a life that inspired emulation…a life that burned so that others’ paths were lit.

I have known [name] since [year], when he joined the [organisation or Division or business] of [organisation] as a [position]. [Name] was a strategic thinker, a visionary who was brilliant, innovative and creative. As such, he contributed much to the development of the [organisation name]. He generously gave of his knowledge, his expertise, his skills.

[Name] was deeply concerned with improving [list] and he was very keen to innovate [list]. He initiated and implemented much in this field during the [number of years] that he was at [organisation name].

For example, [list achievements here]

As ……

When as [name] also ….

Later, as a member of the …..

[Name] did not limit his work to just [organization name]

In [year] [name] was ….

[Name] was living proof of how fine a person can be. He was a good boss to the people in his charge, a loving husband to his wife, and a devoted father to his children. He was also a good friend to many of us and a great colleague. The character of the life he lived might be summed up in a few words: he was sincere, he was earnest, he was loyal.

As [position], [name] led his staff in such a way that he exemplified leadership. He gave energy, commitment and inspiration to his staff and to others with whom he worked. The [name] I remember was a happy [name], one who not only was cheerful in himself but who gave much cheerfulness to others. He had a beautiful smile, a sense of humour and a gentle demeanour. [Name] was bright, logical and systematic in his thinking. He was always willing to share his ideas and information. He was passionately interested in …… matters and would advise us on …… . Many of us found him to be a splendid person of great intellect and big heart.

In his career as [career position] he worked with passion, integrity and energy. By his death all the people who knew him will miss a highly intelligent, vibrant individual with a rare friendliness and charm of personality. [Name] was a genuinely warm and wonderful individual—one we will miss greatly. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to know him.”

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Massey’s Casket Starts a Blog

ImageChoosing a final resting place for your loved one can be a difficult task.  Massey’s Casket wants to make that process as easy as possible for you.  We provide high quality caskets, urns, tombstones and memorial flowers via our sister company, Massey’s House of Flowers.

Please stop by and see our showroom at 25923 S. Western Avenue in Lomita California.

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