Blog and In the News

  • 5 Benefits of Planning Your End-of-Life Arrangements Now

    If one of our Family Service Associates here at The Woodlawn Cemetery sat down to talk with you in person, virtually, or by phone and asked the following questions, how would you respond? When you think of your own funeral service, what comes to mind? A small gathering of your loved ones, or more of …
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  • Woodlawn Celebrates Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    During the month of May at Woodlawn Cemetery, we celebrate the culture, traditions, and the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Japanese and Chinese immigrants settled in Hawaii, California, and Oregon as early as the 1850s. The transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869 – a marvel of engineering built primarily …
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  • It’s Bronx Week! Celebrating the Beautiful Borough

    The Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the oldest institutions in the Bronx and is proud to be one of the eight National Historic Landmarks in the Borough. Over the course of the Bronx Week celebration, there will be concerts, programs and events which honor Bronx community leaders who are memorialized at Woodlawn. Bronxites are renowned …
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  • Jazz Appreciation Month

    Woodlawn Cemetery is known internationally for its jazz legacy and this month, we are pleased to honor the musicians, composers and producers who created jazz – America’s music. In 1918, the Woodlawn Subway Station opened, connecting the historic cemetery to northern Manhattan at the Dawn of the Harlem Renaissance. Following the well-publicized services for performers …
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  • Woodlawn’s Harkness Mausoleum

    There’s a wooded knoll nestled into the lush landscape of the Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery that is home to the Edward S. and Mary S. Harkness Mausoleum. With its stone wall enclosure, 18 mourning figures, and chapel featuring a gabled slate roof, the mausoleum is both beautiful and dignified. Who is the couple at rest in …
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  • Creating a Memorial Garden Helps in Healing After a Loss

    There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.” Our Woodlawn Cemetery staff wants to give this sentiment a new twist by saying, “If you want help healing after a loss, be a gardener.” In our own lives and through hearing stories from others, our …
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  • How to Talk to Children About Death

    It’s a sentiment our staff at Woodlawn Cemetery hears often from the New York families we serve: “I have no idea what to say to my child about death. I’m not even sure if I should bring them to the funeral. Do you have any advice?” Many of our neighbors in the Bronx have asked …
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  • 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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