Growing Gratitude, Goes a Long Way 

Can you relate to any of the following in the last six months? You wake up at 3 a.m. with your mind racing and have trouble falling back asleep. You find yourself worrying about things that don’t usually bother you. You feel shaky, restless, and unsettled. You’re tired and unmotivated – but can’t pinpoint why…

Six Tips for Supporting a Caregiver in Your Life

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” At Greenlawn Funeral Home, all of our care team members understand the importance of caregiving. Taking on the role of caregiver can be rewarding while also being a huge sacrifice of time and energy. Frequently, when our family member’s health…

Embracing Grief Through Remembrance of a Loved One

Following the death of a loved one, it’s common for their family and friends who played an active part in their life to experience grief. Grief is our body’s natural reaction to change, and sometimes it takes a while for things to settle and find a new and healthy pace of life. You may find…

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…

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 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…

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 situation.”  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 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…

A Letter to Grieving Parents

Dear grieving parents, This is not the life that you dreamed of or hoped for. You shouldn’t have face the experience of burying your child; most would say that you were supposed to go first. The passing of a child goes against the grain of what is expected and leaves a series of emotional, moral, and…