Guides & Resources

When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends are often confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral. This page is designed to give you an overview of additional support such as hospice care, grief resources and other important information that may help you at this difficult time.


Council On Aging

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. We are a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. We bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.

We work with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. Our Vision is a just and caring society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security. Our Mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Santa Rosa COA Office

30 Kawana Springs Rd
Santa Rosa
(707) 525-0143

National COA Office

870 Market St
San Francisco
(415) 955-8560

Hospice Care

Hospice of Marin County 

As the second oldest hospice in the country, Hospice of Marin offers many services designed to respect and honor a person’s wishes in the final stages of their life.

17 East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Larkspur, CA 94939
Phone: 415 927.2273
Fax: 888 204.4081

Hospice of Sonoma County

Hospice staff work within as interdisciplinary team model that includes nursing, medicine, social work, spiritual care and home health aide care. Patients are cared for in their place of residence whether it is in their private home, a skilled nursing facility, hospital or assisted living center.

190 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone: (707) 935.7504
Fax: (707) 935.7590

Sutter VNA & Home Hospice

Sutter VNA & Hospice is committed to providing quality health care at home, offering patients, families, and caregivers clinical care, education, and support.

General Home Care Information
(415) 209-7700 phone
(888) 729-9912 fax

Home Care Admissions
(415) 209-7760 phone
(888) 521-4799 fax

Home Care Mailing Address
Sutter Care at Home
100 Rowland Way, Ste. 215
Novato, CA 94945

Heartland Hospice

Heartland Hospice provides care to patients wherever they call home: in the house they’ve lived in for years, a skilled nursing center, an assisted living facility or independent living facility.

National Call Center – (866) 231-5695

Heartland Hospice – Serving Sonoma County
2455 Bennett Valley Rd., Suite B-214
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-5663

Heartland Hospice Services – Serving Marin, San Francisco and Alameda Counties
1050 Northgate Drive, Suite 400
San Rafael, CA 94903-2575


Consumer Affairs

State Of California DCA

To protect and serve the interests of California consumers

Call the Consumer Information Center at: (800) 952-5210

Or Write:
Department of Consumer Affairs
Consumer Information Division
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112
Sacramento, CA 95834



Advanced Health Care Directive

Provides information, guides and resources that assist you in informing your physician, family and friends on what your health care preferences are.

Below is also a link to a PDF form that helps you get started on this process.

California Advanced Healthcare Directive – PDF

 Veteran Resources

US Department Of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Health Administration

1-877-222-VETS (8387)

Veterans Benefits Administration

Social Security

The United States Social Security Administration

2099 Range Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(877) 870-6384

Local Resources


Petaluma’s Local Weekly Newspaper Petaluma Argus Courier
Sonoma County/Regional Newspaper Press Democrat
Marin County/Regional Newspaper Marin Independent Journal


Rhapsody Floral Design
81 Purrington Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone number (707) 765-1107

Vanda Floral Design
501 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone number (707) 763-9271

Chalet Florist
311 Washington St
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone number (707) 762-7373


Cordoza’s Catering
P.O. Box 4903
Petaluma, CA 94955
(707) 765-2138

Preferred Sonoma Caterers
416 East D St
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 769-7208

Petaluma Market
210 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-5464

Large Group Dining in Petaluma

Many venues are available for large groups to dine out in Petaluma. To see a list of names, locations, menu and ratings, please click here

Local Grief Support

Click here to view a list of grief therapists in Petaluma that focus on bereavement, loss and mourning.

Local Religious contacts

Click here to view the many churches in and around Petaluma. This link includes a map.
Click here to view synagogues in and around Petaluma. This link includes a map.
Click here to view mosques in and around Petaluma. This link includes a map.

Memorial Park

Pleasant Hills Memorial Park
Pleasant Hills Memorial Park offering a beautiful park-like setting for burial. Veteran Section, Various Scattering Gardens, Niches, and Family Estates. To learn more about Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, please click here.

Reading Resources

  • Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Caregivers, by Alan Wolfelt, Companion Press, 2011
  • Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Families, by Alan Wolfelt, Companion Press, 2011
  • The Journey through Grief: Reflections on Healing, by Alan Wolfelt, Companion Press, 1996
  • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart, by Alan Wolfelt, Companion Press, 2003
  • From Beginning to End: The Rituals of Our Lives, by Robert Fulghum, Villard Books, 1995
  • Accompany Them With Singing: The Christian Funeral, by Thomas G. Long, John Knox Press, 2009
  • Crossing the Bridge: Creating Ceremonies for Grieving and Healing from Life’s Losses, by S.B. Metrick, Celestial Arts, 1994
  • I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One, by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair, Ph.D., Champion Press, 2008
  • Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death, by Sarah York, Jossey Bass, 2000