New York State Funeral Directors Association

Life and Work Balancing

Being a funeral director is, in my opinion, one of the more challenging, rewarding, time-consuming, unpredictable life-paths that one can take.

I have had the privilege of working with many seasoned professionals in the funeral industry and one thing I have taken notice of is the importance of a quality work-home balance.

Students attending Ulster BOCES Health Occupations Explorations Program (HOEP) at the Career & Technical Center had a unique experience exploring the career responsibilities of a funeral director.

At first glance, the career of a funeral director may not seem closely related to heath occupations.

However, coursework in anatomy, physiology, and pathology are often required for practitioners, linking the field very closely with the HOEP curriculum.

Hundreds of firefighters gathered in the warm autumn sun at the New York State Capitol to honor their peers who lost their lives protecting others.

In 2015, eight new names were added to the massive granite wall of honor at the state’s Fallen Firefighters Memorial, a place of respect that welcomes a crowd each year to Empire State Plaza.

The somber October ceremony brings firefighters, elected officials and residents together to voice gratitude, memorialize the dead and express appreciation to family members who lost their loved one to the service of fellow citizens.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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