New York State Funeral Directors Association

Jack, the cat who adopted us three years ago, arrived on our doorstep because he has a special calling.

Most days in the funeral business are emotionally overwhelming, but Jack lightens the atmosphere and is a great stress reliever for our family and the families we serve.

Even though most of his day is spent lounging in the sun, occasionally shredding some paper or sitting on a desk, he plays an integral part in our lives and the business.

Worker Doesn't Get Time Off for Funeral

It’s often said that the best thing you can do for someone who lost a loved one is to be there for them.

That’s especially true for the funeral.

Sometimes close family members are the only ones able to attend services because friends and others can’t go for fear of asking for time off.

They Left Us Everything By Plum Johnson © 2016 Putnam

Your grandmother’s jewelry will be yours someday.

You’ve known that since you were small, and were caught playing with them. Someday, you were told, you’d be the proud owner of a necklace, pins, rings and other pretties bequeathed.

But in the new memoir “They Left Us Everything” by Plum Johnson, some things are simply not treasured.

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.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


SympathyNotes is written to stimulate discussion of death and grief. Opinions do not reflect the views of NYSFDA.

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