New York State Funeral Directors Association

One family member just loved to walk on the beach.

Another told relatives he had the best time of his life sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Another made sure her children and grandchildren gathered each year for a family reunion in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Before hundreds of voyages, family members described various heartfelt reasons they brought their beloved’s ashes to be scattered at sea.

Wild and Precious Life by Deborah Ziegler ©2016 Emily Bestler Books - Atria

Sometimes, you just have to let go.

Sentimental possessions have no room in a new home. Once-favorite clothing no longer fits. A raggedy gift needs replacing, and old hurts stand in the way of a new day.

And sometimes, as in the new book “A Wild and Precious Life” by Deborah Ziegler, you let go of someone you love.


It’s particularly true around the holiday season: parents mourning the loss of a child need somebody to talk to. But they encounter different things, depending on where they go. Some find relatives are eager to see the end of their grief – as if it’s lasted too long.

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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