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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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  • 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 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 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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