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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…]

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…]

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…]

Knoxville Funeral Options: Celebration of Life Memorials

When a dear friend or loved one passes away, it’s natural for the ones left behind to wish to honor the life and legacy of that person. Funeral and memorial services can be sad or difficult, but celebrating your loved one’s memory is a way to take comfort in the midst of grief. Just as [Read more…]

Sometimes Listening is the Best Thing You Can Say

If you’ve ever been in the situation where you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, you know that there’s really nothing anyone can say to make you feel better. Everyone means well, of course, but usually it’s better to listen instead of offering up words of advice. Usually, the family needs to [Read more…]

Life’s Gifts and Other Lessons Learned

Sometimes, when we lose someone it serves to remind us how precious life is and to be thankful for the people we have in our lives. In this way, death can be one of life’s gifts. It reminds us of our ultimate mortality and to appreciate the beauty of our lives.