The Sharing of Experience

Read testimonials from people who have planned and experienced services here.

Oftentimes the best way to get a sense of how you’ll feel is to hear directly from families that have held services for loved ones at Chapel Of The Light. We invite you to read and explore a range of testimonials and get the best sense possible of what your experience can be. Please ask us any questions, any time. We want nothing more than to help you through a difficult time with ease, peace and healing.

“Dear Rita, Eduardo and Staff of Chapel of the Light, Thank you for all your support during this painful moment in our lives. You and the Chapel of the Light Staff were very kind and professional to me and my family. Thank you so much! The Aguirre Family”

Familia Aguirre March 08, 2017

“Dear Rita, My husband joins me in thanking you for your very professional and kind assistance in handling the closure of Evelyn Rockwell's final wishes. We appreciate your taking time to answer our questions and explain options. The burial at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery with Joint Service Honors Command was beyond anything we could have imagined. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude. Most Sincerely, Christina Renna”

The Rockwell Family November 09, 2015

“Thank you for all the help and support. You all were very gracious and caring for all the help you gave. Thank you for handling everything for us and making it alot easier. You did a wonderful job and we will forever be grateful. Love, Sara, Nisha and the Haas Family”

The Haas Family September 17, 2015

“We never know how deeply an act of kindness can touch a heart. You accomplished so much with so little direction. Helping us from long distance and filling in the blanks where we were clueless meant a great deal. We felt the service Chapel of the Light provided was above and beyond. You are a consummate professional with the thoughtfulness of an angel. All who attended commented repeatedly what a wonderful service and what a fantastic director Stephanie was. We just wanted to extend our gratitude to you and the staff. Sincerely, Mel and Zenaida”

Lester Family August 24, 2015

“Dear Michael Thank you so much for all that you did for our family during the most difficult time of our lives. Everything was done so well, almost perfect.. Dennis was the kind of person that studied people before making decisions. When we finally call you, I knew he had made the right choice in you. He would of been proud of how you put everything in place. Many compliments were given on the celebration. We also like to thank you for the services you gave for Bonnie. The write up up in the Sunnysider was very thoughtful. Sincerely, Nancy Steffensen, Jon & Mike”

The Family of Dennis Steffensen January 20, 2015

“Michael and Staff, I can't thank you enough for all your help and support during a very difficult time in our lives. You made everything so comforting for myself and my family. Thank you again - we will never forget your kindness! Marlene George”

The Miltthon Family, Sanger, California November 17, 2014

“Thank you very much Mike for the service you and your staff provided for both of my grandparent families - Carmen Paz and Jesse Trujillo. My family said that you were respectful to each situation and felt that you cared about them deeply. Myseld and my family will recommend Chapel of the Light whenever possible. It takes a special person to do what you do. Thank you very much. Eddie Trujillo and Family”

The Paz and Trujillo Families October 17, 2014

“Dear Chapel of the Light, Thank you for your excellent service and wonderful staff. It made all the difference! Sincerely, Connie A. Hortizuela and Family”

Connie A. Hortizuela and Family September 27, 2014

“To all at Chapel of the Light, especially Michael and Rosemarie. We would like to say thank you! You gave so much of yourself in the kindness you've shown and the lives you've touched. All of you went above and beyond to be there in our time of sorrow. You made us feel like a part of your Chapel of the Light Family. You guys are amazing, so thank you for being apart of our funeral planning. Your generosity has touched us and we will forever keep Chapel of the Light in our hearts. Sincerely, The Tafoya, Saucedo, Moreno and Reyes Families”

Tafoya, Saucedo, Moreno and Reyes Families September 12, 2014

“A note to thank you for your patience, understanding and dignity helping me get through the passing of my dear husband, Pepper. Your warmth and sense of humor were greatly appreciated. Yours Sincerely, Dianne Taylor-Snow”

The Snow Family August 24, 2014

“Rita, Jennie and Rosemary, Just a little note to thank you for going above and beyond for us at our mother's services. She looked beautiful! We couldn't have asked for anything more! Thank you again and keep up the awesome personal service you deliver. Sincerely, Gloria, Margo and Angelica”

The Ramirez Family August 14, 2014

“Por medio de estas lineas, quiero expresarte mi mas sincero agradacimiento por todo tu apoyo que has tenido para con nosotros durante estas anos. Trabajas mucho y eres muy profesional en todo lo que haces. Todo esto surge porque tienes una gran calidez humana y espiritual. Tambien me pongo a tus ordenes para lo que necesitas. Fraternalment en Cristo, Fr. Carlos Serrano”

Rev. Father Carlos Serrano July 01, 2014

“I simply want to the time to write you and express my thanks to you and to the other people at Chapel of the Light for the incredible and loving service you rendered to the Diocese of San Joaquin at the time of the death of our beloved bishop John-David Schofield. Words cannot begin to express the gratitude in my heart and in the hearts of all the people with whom I have shared the story of your kindness. I was especially impressed with the large contingent of your people who were at the funeral itself, greeting us warmly and helping us enter St. Anthony of Padua. From the moment you arrived with an assistant to bishops home until we picked up the ashes several days ago, your respectfulness, professionalism, and warm regard were very comforting to all of us. The decision to defray all costs was beyond astounding to us and such an incredible gift and example of godly love not only for our bishop, but to all of us who witnessed this act of such uncommon generosity. We will never forget it. Your staff as well were both professional and extremely well organized and yet also personable and full of genuine kindness and concern. You surely were the very best example I have ever seen of the best of your profession. Your orgnization is aptly named: we really did experience you as the "Chapel of the Light" during a time when our chapels were darkened with shared grief, though we certainly rejoiced for the Bishop that he is in the presence of the Light of the World. So please accept this note as only a token of our gratitude and know that we are remembering you in our prayers for all of God's blessing upon you all. Most sincerely in Christ Jesus, Fr. Carlos Raines Dean of St. James' Anglican Cathedral”

Rev. Father Carlos Raines, Dean of St. James' Cathedral November 15, 2013

“Dear Mike, Thank you for being so kind with me and my staff. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself. I promise to be of service and help to you whenever you need me. God Bless, Father Alex”

Rev. Father Alex Ignacio June 09, 2014

“Dear Friends of Chapel of the Light, I would like to thank you for registering yourself, Rev. Father Sal Gonzalez and team for our 9th Annual Angel Babies Golf Classic. As you know, Hinds Hospice is a non profit organization that relies heavily on the generosity of supporters like you. I can't thank you enough for your support of of this special program. With Gratitude, Samantha Schuh, Director of Fund Development”

Hinds Hospice June 13, 2014

“Dear Matt, Just wanted to send one more thank you for all the help and guidance you us during our time of loss. We deeply appreciate the special care and attention given by everyone at the Chapel of the Light. In Gratitude, Carole Cetrone”

Carole Cetrone June 09, 2014

“Dear Stephanie and Staff, I just wanted to offer my gratitude for the great job you and the staff did for my father, Leocadio A. Vasquez funeral services. We received many compliments about the services. Sincerely, Silbenia Conley Vasquez and Family”

Leocadio Vasquez Family (Kerman, CA) February 21, 2017

“Dear Michael, Many thanks and appreciation for the generous gift you provided me. Your facilities are lovely! I thoroughly appreciate the historical architectural significance. Many Blessings, Rev. Father Jim Pappas, St. George Greek Orthodox Church”

Rev. Father Jim Pappas, St. George Greek Orthodox Church September 16, 2015

“Dear Michael and Staff, On Behalf of St. Paul Armenian Church and the Parish Council, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for you sponsorship of our Annual Grape Blessing and Picnic. With the support of dedicated individuals, such as yourself, our picnic was a success. With sincere appreciation, The Reverend Fr. Yessai Bedros St. Paul Armenian Church”

Rev. Fr. Yessai Bedros, Parish Priest of St. Paul Armenian Church September 04, 2015

“Just a note of thanks for everything you did for our father. Love, Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Torres and Family”

Alfredo Sanchez family February 02, 2015

“Michael, You are a gift to others. Some have a gift for helping others to see the world as a place of possiblity. Some impart wisdom or comfort and care. Some point out the path and some take you there. Some warm the heart with human touch. You have all these gifts. Thank you so much for everything you have done. You made everything so easy for us. It was absolutely special and beautiful. I will never forget your kindness and thoughtfulness. Respectfully, Ann Marie Bellow, Rev. Father Michael Burchfield and Family”

Rev. Father Michael Burchfield and Family November 15, 2014

“Rosemarie and Staff, I would like to take this time and again say thank you for all your help during the loss of our mother, Ruth Cazares. You made the process easy and comforting and made it actually feel like we were planning a special event and not a funeral. You have a big heart and good sense of humor and a great smile. Who could forget that great personality. God has placed the perfect person for the big job to help people during the most difficult time of a person's life. You made everything look very beautiful and thanks for your creativity with the Hawaiian flowers. Believe me I will recommend your services to people when in need during thier hard times. Liz, thanks for the hospitality during our visit. Rita, thanks for the insert. May God watch over you angels! Sincerely, Felix Amesquita, Lori, Lemo, Polo Cazares.”

The Family of Ruth Cazares November 14, 2014

“Dear Michael and Staff of Chapel of the Light, On behalf of my family, we wish to express our sincere gratitude for your prayers of strength and gracious generosity. Your friendship given to our mother is more than any words that we can ever say. May you be blessed with the Holy Spirit. Remember our mom will always be in our thoughts and hearts forever thanks to you all. The family of Josefina Galleto”

Jeannette and Doming October 03, 2014

“Just a note to say major kuddos to Pam and the General Manager, Michael, for such an excellent Open House yesterday morning. You and Michael were warm, welcoming, generous, detail oriented, professional, informative. Chapel of the Light is obviously one of the gems of Central California - not only for its immense historical value, but for the compassion and care that are the hallmarks of the way you folks do business. Thank you so much! Warmest Regards, Bonni Gilley”

Executives Association of Fresno September 24, 2014

“Dear Staff of Chapel of the Light, Thank you so much for your assistance with Eli's memorial at St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church. Your staff was beyond professional of course and it couldn't have gone as smooth as it did without them. I can't possibly thank you all enough. Steve Koliko”

The Family of Eli Sentencich August 26, 2014

“Staff of Chapel of the Light, Just two small words to express gratitude - Thank You. Thank you for all your help and kindness. The service was great, everything was perfect. The services rendered by Pastor Gary Mejia was wonderful. Thank you again, Your Friend, Faye McDonald”

The McDonald Family August 19, 2014

“Chapel of the Light, I just wanted to exyend our deepest gratitude to Michael Rabara and all of the staff at Chapel of the Light. Your gracious generosity and support of the Herring Family on the tragic day of July 14, 2014, provided immediate comfort and lifted much weight fomr the family's hearts and minds. Words cannot express how much your assistance and support meant to the Herring family and the Fresno Police Department family. Thank you for your friendship and your support. Sincerely, Jacky Parks, President Fresno Police Officers Association”

Jacky Parks, President of the Fresno Police Officer's Association July 20, 2014

“Dear Chapel of the Light Staff, Thank you much for your support, kindness and prayers. Also thank you for the funeral services rendered for our mom. Not knowing what to do, you made it much easier for us. It was really great. Thanks to all the staff especially Michael, Thelma, Wilson and Rita. With Love, Glenn and Nelia Smith”

Verna Diamond Family June 27, 2014

“Dear Michael, Thank you ever so much for the beautiful crosier given by your family and the Christmas gift from Chapel of the Light Funeral Home and your constant support for all things diocesan. May this new year of hope fill you and your loved ones with a ray consolation as you minister to the people of God to whom you touch. In Christ, Armando Ochoa”

Most Rev. Armando X. Ochoa - Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno January 30, 2014

“Dear Staff of Chapel of the Light, Thank you for the love, respect and kindness you have shown a leader in my church family - our friend and spiritual leader, Bishop John-David Schoefield. It is very much appreciated. Sincerely, Ann Bishop”

Very Rev. John-David Schofield, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin January 05, 2014

“Mr. Rabara and Staff of Chapel of the Light, On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Lao Community, we thank you for your kind support and contribution to the Lao Community and the Lao New Year Celebration of Fresno 2014 held at the Lao Dhamma Sacca Temple. Your contribution was extremely important to the success of this event. We truly appreciate your generosity and presence. We hope that you will continue to support us in the future. Again, thank you very much! Sincerely, Intha Phrakonekham, Chairperson”

Lao Community Cultural Center of Fresno June 12, 2014

“Michael Rabara & Staff, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for all you have done in laying my son, Michael Avila to rest. This was the most painful and difficult thing I have had to deal with. My family has been wonderful, providing love, support and strength. Your staff has made this painful time more bearable. You were more than professional; I cannot thank you all enough for the compassion, patience, guidance you gave. You have my heartfelt thanks and appreciation. My Sincere Gratitude, Steve Avila and Family”

Steve Avila May 16, 2014