Reflections

Everything in One Place

We have talked about the importance of planning ahead in a previous Reflections blog. Pre-planning is something that Forest Lawn believes in quite strongly and something we highly recommend. When someone passes away, there are dozens of decisions and...

The Yellow Flowers

In today’s Reflections blog, contributor John Mlynar shares his personal experiences on the impact of flowers at his dad’s funeral. My phone rang at my office on a December morning like it often did on a Tuesday. The caller was my sister-in-law, Marie,...

Labor Day

Some 2,500 years ago, the great Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Indeed, his words still ring as true today. Since we spend so much of our lives at work, it only makes...

Caterina

In the main western gallery of the mausoleum in the Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, Italy stands a marble statue carved by a noted sculptor of what the locals call the Paesana. The Paesana, whose name was Caterina Campodonico, sold nuts and cakes at her...

Each Person’s Journey

Each person’s grief is unique and life altering, but is also a necessary part of our journey through life. Each person’s grief is as unique, life-lasting, and indelible as a set of inked fingerprints.   Wouldn’t it be nice if our grief was...

Doing Our Part

On a recent blog, we discussed the importance of Endowment Care and how it is used to care for your memorial property now and in the future. Part of that care encompasses maintaining the beauty of the grounds. The lush, green sweeping vistas that our...

New Horizons

Back in 2009, a small spacecraft called New Horizons began a 9 ½ year, 3 billion mile journey to “boldly go where no man had gone before” — namely, to explore the planet Pluto. Or former planet, Pluto, depending where you stand on the issue....

Lessons Learned

Somebody said that any burden of grief could be carried so long as it became part of a larger story.  Another coping strategy is to accept grief as a “part” of you, allowing emotional scar tissue to compartmentalize the loss. In either case, we carry...

Endowment Care

For decades, there has been a fascinating love affair between Southern Californians and their automobiles. At Forest Lawn, we see this love for the automobile representing in many of our funeral services. Processions filled with classic vehicles are common...

Reflections

We expect our grief to last a long time, perhaps even our lifetimes.  However, nothing lasts forever here on earth, and I sincerely hope this expression also applies to the deeper sorrow we have experienced since one of our children passed before us...