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  • Navigating Your Pet’s Future Without You

      It’s not always a guarantee that you’ll outlive your pet. In the case of a terminal illness or an unexpected catastrophe, a pet may live on after its owner. It’s a good idea to have a plan for your pet should something unexpected happen to you. At Woodlawn Cemetery, our compassionate staff understands how …
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  • Development of the Railroad Makes Woodlawn Easily Accessible

    When Woodlawn began selling lots to New Yorkers in 1865, the advertisements read “only thirty minutes from Manhattan.”  Convenience of visitation has always been a primary factor in purchasing space in a cemetery. Our Gilded Age lot owners built impressive mausolea that could be easily accessed by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s Harlem Railroad.  Now know as Metro …
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  • 10 Steps to Cleaning Out a Home After a Death

    Cleaning out a loved one’s home after they die is most often an unpleasant task that many people put off doing for months. The emotional toll that grief takes may leave you feeling unable to face the physical challenge of sifting through your loved one’s belongings. When you clean out a loved one’s home after …
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  • Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

    When you’re preplanning your funeral or cremation, many questions tend to arise while considering these important arrangements. Naturally, some concerns focus on legal topics like whether a power of attorney is needed.  Below, we have provided some general information on the topic.   Woodlawn Cemetery believes that our neighbors in the Bronx will find this …
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  • What Are The Books On Your Bedside Table?

    Every Sunday in the New York Times Book Review an author is interviewed and asked “What Books are on your bedside table?”  Those of us with an interest in the characters buried at Woodlawn are so fortunate because there is always a book in the works that chronicles their stories.  On March 29th, Diamonds & …
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  • The Gilded Age at Woodlawn

    In recent weeks, Woodlawn’s most visited memorial is the mausoleum built by Alva Belmont, whose first husband was William Kissam Vanderbilt.  Not only was Alva a primary figure in Anderson Cooper’s recent book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, the character of Bertha Russell in the HBOmax series The Gilded Age is …
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  • Don’t Have Any Doubts: The Importance of an On-Site Crematory

    It’s a common practice for many funeral homes offering cremation services to use a third-party crematory. These facilities are often located in a warehouse district set in an industrial part of town. Oftentimes, families have no idea that their loved one is being transported off site, much less to a facility the family never sees …
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  • How to Plan Ahead for Future Healthcare Needs

    As healthcare costs continue to rise, it becomes more important to plan for our future medical needs. At Woodlawn Cemetery, we encourage our New York neighbors to plan for the years to come, especially when it comes to their healthcare. Here are some helpful tips on how to plan ahead for future healthcare needs. Talk …
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  • Tips for Supporting Someone Who Is Grieving

    At one point or another, each of us has a friend or relative who experiences the death of a person close to them. It can be difficult during times like these to know how to support someone who is grieving. Our compassionate staff at Woodlawn Cemetery has helped a lot of our New York neighbors …
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  • Why Is Long-Term Care Insurance Important?

    Regular health insurance and Medicare cover a lot of services but oftentimes neglect to include long-term care, which involves assistance with personal care needs like dressing, bathing, and eating. As we age, it becomes more difficult to perform these daily tasks, especially for those suffering from a debilitating medical condition. No matter the current state …
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