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  • Managing Grief During the Winter Months

    It’s easy to be hard on ourselves in times of grief. Today choose to be gentle with yourself. Winter is in full swing in the Ozarks. As I sit at my desk, the snow is falling, and my heater is turned up. There is something about winter that makes grieving even worse. The days are…

  • The Hidden Value in Getting Your Affairs in Order

    In our society today, the topic of death is considered taboo. The issue is avoided due to discomfort. Yet, funeral arrangements and people passing away continue to happen every day. While it’s understandable why we might steer away from the topic or not want to add additional stressors to our families by having those raw…

  • Holiday Keepsakes to Honor Your Loved One

    Each year, the holiday season presents a new opportunity to get creative with decorations and keepsakes. Here at Greenlawn Funeral Home, we encourages the families we serve to spend some of this special time to remember and find ways to honor their loved ones. A great way to do this is to make an ornament…

  • How to Make a Veteran’s Funeral Special

    With respect honor and gratitude! Thank you, veterans! Our staff at Greenlawn Funeral Home agrees there is no greater honor than caring for veterans and their families. We will never forget moving moments like these: Soldiers presenting the folded American flag to a grieving family, a bugler playing Taps, and a three-gun volley firing by service…

  • How Grief Changes You

    The death of a loved one changes you in profound ways. A piece of you is missing, never to return, so the idea that grief would change you makes sense.  Because of this deep grief experience, you will never be the same again.   Suddenly, plans for the future are gone, so many aspects of…

  • Top Three Myths about Pre-Planning

    “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett In life, we plan personal goals, phases of life, changes, and things related to our future. No matter the motivation, a common theme in planning is looking ahead in expectation. It also relieves stress and provides clear…

  • Grief After a Suicide Death

    “Death by suicide is not a selfish act or even a choice. It’s a sign of a mind that needs help.  It’s a horrific outcome to a tragic satiation.”  David Kessler   Although all grief is difficult, the grief that follows a suicide death is among the most complex. Suicide is beyond comprehension for most…

  • What Does Healthy Grieving Look Like?

    How do you know if you are grieving in a “healthy” manner?  We often question ourselves because we are grieving in a society that is unprepared for the depth of emotions involved in grieving, and that has given us unrealistic timeframes for grieving.   NO RIGHT WAY TO GRIEVE As you start your grief journey,…

  • How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

    Your funeral service is the only time a celebration will be held in your honor, yet you won’t be able to attend it yourself. This also means that you either have to make pre-arrangements, record your wishes, or rely on those closest to you to communicate your desires. Depending on the timing of the situation,…

  • How long does grief last?

    Almost everyone experiencing new or acute grief asks this question.  The pain seems unbearable.  Surely no one can survive this for a long period of time.  How long will this last? The answer to this question is a bad news/good news response. Our impatience about how long grief lasts is fueled not only by the…