New York State Funeral Directors Association

Left to Right: Sylvester Stallone at the Cannes Film Festival, image by Georges Biard, used   under CC BY-SA 3.0 License, from Wikipedia; Denzel Washington at the press conference of The Equalizer, 2014 Toronto Film   Festival, by GabboT, used under CC BY-SA-2.0 License, from Wikipedia; Jackie Chan at the launch of Bleeding Steel Press Conference, Sydney Opera   House. Image by Eva Rinaldi - used under C BY-SA 2.0 license; from Wikipedia.

I’ve been an action movie fan as long as I can remember watching movies.

So I was instantly upset when a hoax popped up on Social Media erroneously suggesting movie star Sylvester Stallone had passed away.

It wasn’t true. But after I confirmed it was a hoax, I decided it really wasn’t that bad a thing.

Black and White rendering titled "Pilgrim Fathers Leaving England," by Tony Baggett

More than 1,500 lives were lost during the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic back in 1912; but more than 700 survived.

Could any of these survivors be an ancestor of yours?

Years ago, if it weren’t for preserving family photos and stories, it wasn’t that easy for people to know where they came from – and what struggles their ancestors endured to get them there.

View of computer screen - there are numerous helpful resources to help with grief on the popular video channel YouTube

There isn’t a whole lot people can say to friends or family in the days following the loss of a loved one.

Being there for them to talk, taking some of the burden of daily tasks off their shoulders or bringing over some food are all great suggestions that have been passed along.

These things don’t take away the pain, but they strengthen the much-needed feeling that people aren’t alone and emphasize that there are others who care and are ready to help.

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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