Blog and In the News

  • Black History Month Featuring Woodlawn Notables

    In 1926, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History designated the second week in February as “Negro History Week.” The annual commemoration was to be held in between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. From the onset, writer and activist Arturo “Arthur” Schomburg encouraged New Yorkers to study African American art …
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  • How Woodlawn is Managing Coronavirus

    As a cornerstone in the Bronx, and as leaders during times of tragedy and uncertainty, let us assure you that your family’s health and safety is our number one priority. As we navigate 2021, it is clear we will be living in our “new normal” for the foreseeable future. Many of you have reached out …
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  • How Rituals Can Help with Grief on Valentine’s Day

    Every year around this time, we hear the following from families we talked to here in the Bronx: Special days – particularly a day focused on love and romance like Valentine’s Day – often trigger big emotions. It’s the constant reminders at every store and on every commercial break. The thoughts of what once was …
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  • Why So Many Choose Woodlawn

    When Woodlawn Cemetery was established back in 1863, we built our reputation the “old fashioned” way: through word of mouth. Neighbors talking to neighbors here in the Bronx. New York families sharing stories over the dinner table. Friends telling friends about their experiences with us. Woodlawn got its start when a group of prominent New …
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  • Why Gratitude is Important for the New Year

    The new year is approaching, and we know many of our neighbors in Bronx are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. This is the time for not only a refresh, but it’s a chance to consciously do something different in the coming year. Our New Year’s resolution here at Woodlawn Cemetery? Focus on gratitude. We …
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  • Coping with Grief and Loss During the Holidays

    As the well-known song lyric goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . .” But when a loved one has died; the merriment and festivity of the holidays often serve as painful reminders of all that is lost. Many on our staff here at the Woodlawn Cemetery can relate, as we too …
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  • How Choosing A Final Resting Place Brings Peace

    Every day, New Yorkers come to Woodlawn Cemetery to visit loved ones who have been laid to rest. Some come to reminisce, connect with the past, and spend time in the presence of their friend or family member. Others who were not able to say a final goodbye at the funeral service can do so …
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  • How the Changing Seasons Impact Grief

    “Every May, my mom helped me plant a garden. She died last fall and I tear up even thinking about shopping for flowers without her.”  “When the weather would warm up, my grandpa made his famous BBQ chicken just about every weekend. Now that he’s gone, even the smell of a cookout makes me sad.”  …
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  • How to Handle Holiday Traditions Without a Loved One

    When we lose a loved one, everything changes. In light of COVID-19, we don’t know what will happen next, especially with the holidays approaching. Certain traditions and celebrations may need to change – and it’s at the forefront of our minds. Our Woodlawn Cemetery Staff knows that holiday traditions are important to the families in …
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  • Woodlawn’s Green Memorials

    Today, we are challenged by the clean up after hurricane winds downed and damaged many of Woodlawn’s extraordinary trees. As our arborists and grounds crew carefully lift limbs and clear roads, we are reminded at how important this collection of trees is to our Lot Owners, staff, and visitors. Not only do the plants define …
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