Reflections

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...

Revolution is in the Air

Have you ever been listening to the radio—or nowadays, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, or iTunes—and heard a song that immediately takes you back to a specific place or event in time? It’s something that happens to a lot of people, because music...

Beginning to Heal

About two months after his transformation on December 14th, 2014, Jeffrey appeared in a vivid dream I had during the early morning of February 7th that came in two parts. I have never had a dream with my kids in the dream, at least that I can remember....

Father’s Day

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person—he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano The late basketball coach Jim Valvano led his underdog North Carolina State Wolfpack men’s college basketball team to an improbable NCAA...