New York State Funeral Directors Association

Friends gathered around a coffin and offered their best version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” as a eulogy. It was a fine rendition of a popular song, a funeral director told me.

Snow covered roadways

There’s a saying about postal workers not being hindered by snow and rain and sleet. I think they need to add funeral directors to the list of those undeterred by the weather.

It’s been a while since New Yorkers endured a winter as intense as this 2013-14 season – but you wouldn’t know it from speaking with some of the funeral directors I got in contact with this week.

It can be assumed that very few funeral directors today can recall the trials and tribulations that came along with home removals by horse-drawn sleigh.

In our not so distant past, this task was a reality for funeral directors of the 1800s and come winter, the horse drawn funeral coach was transformed into a funeral sleigh with the addition of your standard, run of the mill funeral coach skis.

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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