New York State Funeral Directors Association

Sydney and Peyton Vickers

Sydney Vickers used to peer around the corner expecting to see her husband Peyton in his car on his way home from work.

It was a habit that continued for about six months after Peyton died of esophageal cancer, nearly three decades after they married.

Impending Death Leaves Funeral Director Feeling Helpless

As a funeral director, I do a lot of prearrangements, meaning, I basically set up funerals for people who are still alive.

I’ve gone to people’s houses and different nursing homes to make these arrangements because sometimes people can’t get to me. It’s normal.

So I didn’t think anything of it when I got a call to make a prearrangement at a hospital last week.

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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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