New York State Funeral Directors Association

Each day feels a little longer than the last.

They don’t start out that way; you awaken each morning and, for the first few seconds, everything’s fine.

But then you remember – you’ll always remember – that you’re suffering from a loss and in the new book “Good Grief” by Theresa Caputo, you’ll see how your loved one wants you to move on.

Family gathering for the holidays

My eldest uncle on my Mom’s side of the family passed away earlier this year, and with his passing went volumes of information I never got around to learning about that side of my family.

I’m working on a family tree, slowly but surely.

I realize now it’s going to be ten-times tougher without the knowledge of my dear uncle.

He was a veteran and longtime police officer who was nearly killed on the job trying to save a woman from an armed, crazy boyfriend.

A memorial to Romanian victims of the Holocaust

The tiny, hilltop cemetery serves as the final resting place for 228 people who once lived in the eastern European country we call the Slovak Republic today.

Their Jewish community comprised a major portion of the town of Banska Stiavnica’s population – until most of them were sent to death camps by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

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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