New York State Funeral Directors Association

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.

Highway Scene

I saw an e-mail alerting funeral directors to an airline’s new policy on the weight of shipments, including deceased loved ones being transported home for their funeral.

The airline didn’t bother informing funeral directors about the change, and that left one funeral home in a bind, temporarily.

The loved one was in New York but their funeral was scheduled to be held soon in another state.

It was a difficult situation: the loved one exceeded the airline’s new weight limit. As it turned out, the solution was Robert Gordon.

I don’t frequent the town where my uncle’s funeral took place so I totally missed my grandmother’s old home when the funeral procession passed by on the way to the cemetery.

I felt bad when my cousin told me. I’d recognized the hill but I was looking at the wrong side of the road, while driving – all the while fearing I would get cut off or lost on the way.

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