Blog | Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory | Knoxville, TN

Welcome to our blog

Hello. I’m Diane Hunter, managing partner and licensed funeral director for Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services. Welcome to our blog! Here we will cover the “expected” topics associated with our business but we also plan to share examples of what makes Gentry Griffey unique as compared to other funeral homes. We’ve been committed [Read more…]

Planning a Memorial: Choosing the Appropriate Tone

When a friend or family member passes away, it is common for funeral or memorial services to be held. There is a great deal of planning that goes into funeral and memorial services in East Tennessee because they serve as a way to honor the life of the person who meant so much . There [Read more…]

Helping Children Deal with the Loss of a Loved One

When a dear friend or loved one passes away, it can be a devastating time for anyone. While adults are more able to take the time to grieve and begin coping with the loss, it is also important for children to grieve as well. After a child experiences the loss of a loved one, it [Read more…]

Life’s Many Seasons

This week brought the official start of fall with the Autumnal Equinox. Fall is a special time of year in Knoxville and the surrounding areas of East Tennessee. Football games, fall festivals and all the other harvest-themed events make for great opportunities to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. The temperatures get crisper [Read more…]

The Honor of Serving Families

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been serving the needs of Knoxville families since 1948. During that time, we have assisted families through one of life’s most difficult processes: losing a loved one. While this is our business, it is so much more than that. We believe that the services we provide extend beyond [Read more…]

Why Hold Funeral Services?

According to available recorded history since the beginning of time, societies around the world have honored those who died with some type of ceremony. Early cultures are thought to have believed that funeral rituals sent the deceased on his or her journey into the afterlife. Before the 12th century, most graves were unmarked unless the [Read more…]

Knoxville Cremation Services

Though cremation has long been an option for end of life, there is still much misunderstanding about what it is and why it is the choice of many families and individuals. Cremation is not final disposition of remains, nor is it a type of funeral service but is instead an alternative to earth burial or [Read more…]

Planning a Memorial: Choosing the Appropriate Time

Much careful planning goes into preparations for funeral services when a friend or loved one passes away. Family, friends and acquaintances often travel from far and wide to attend and pay their last respects or offer a word of encouragement to those grieving left behind. One recent trend with memorial services is that more and [Read more…]

Dealing with Grief

When a friend or loved one passes away, the family left behind is faced with many challenges. One part of this is handling the actual arrangements of the funeral or memorial services. From planning or arranging a funeral to carrying out the pre-planned arrangements and wishes of the deceased, there are several important steps to [Read more…]

Transferring Existing Funeral Arrangements

We’ve spoken on our blog about the importance of funeral pre-planning. Not only is pre-planning helpful in offering families peace of mind during a time of grief, it also allows them to carefully choose a funeral package and make arrangements that line up with their end of life wishes as well as budgetary requirements. At [Read more…]

Multi-Cultural Funeral Traditions

“We are a nation of communities… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.” The strength of communities lies in our ability to work together and support one another, especially when our friends and neighbors face challenges. Losing a loved one is a challenge that [Read more…]