Blog and In the News

  • 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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  • Have you Thought About Your Own End-of-Life Arrangements?

    One of the realities we face every day here at Woodlawn Cemetery is that death is a natural part of life. Even so, we understand how unnatural it feels to discuss. Talking about mortality may not be an everyday conversation piece – but expressing preferences about your own end-of-life arrangements is one of the most …
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  • Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future – Woodlawn’s Bridge to Craft Careers Program

    Woodlawn is home to the largest collection of funerary art in the United States. The mausolea, monuments, and funerary sculptures were crafted by some of the country’s most famous architects and artisans. To support the preservation of these historic structures, in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund and the International Masonry Institute, Woodlawn established the …
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  • 3 Reasons to Choose Your own Final Resting Place

    At Woodlawn Cemetery, we’ve talked to many of our neighbors from here in the Bronx who have said this: “When I witnessed my loved one’s burial, I couldn’t help but think of where I would like to be laid to rest. How do I go about making that decision?” We thought it would be helpful …
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  • 2020 Jane’s Walk NYC

    For the last nine years on the first weekend of May, the Municipal Art Society has hosted #JanesWalkNYC featuring free, volunteer-led “walking conversations” inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. This year, due to coronavirus-related restrictions, the festival has been transformed into “Jane’s Walk NYC (from Home),” and The Woodlawn Cemetery is proud to be a …
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  • Press Release: Woodlawn Conservancy Announces Meg Ventrudo

    WOODLAWN CONSERVANCY ANNOUNCES MEG VENTRUDO AS ITS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR New York City… The Woodlawn Conservancy has selected Meg Ventrudo as its new Executive Director effective March 30, 2020.  Woodlawn Conservancy provides educational programs for students and the public, engaging a strong volunteer corps and working to present the extraordinary collection of monuments and plantings found …
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