New York State Funeral Directors Association

Youths in Halloween Costumes

This blog usually focuses on death and dying, but the candy corn must have gotten to me.

My thoughts are stuck on this week’s pseudo holiday Halloween – once considered “hallowed evening,” so that’s my focus this week.

It wouldn’t take an outsider long to figure out that Halloween in America has turned into another commercialized excuse to celebrate – and there’s actually nothing to really celebrate.

Attorneys, a private investigator, three different countries and news stories including phrases like “complex and confusing” are among the items I do not want my family to deal with once my famous life has ended.

Well, I probably won’t be famous, but the ongoing saga involving late radio legend Casey Kasem makes me feel glad that I’m not.

Kasem – dead and still unburied more than 100 days since he died – is shining a spotlight on what can happen when the living don’t take the time to consider what will happen when they’re no longer living.

SUNY Canton FSA Study Space Photo By Greg Kie

New Classrooms, Chapel for Funeral Service Students At NY College

More than 30 aspiring funeral directors started their 2014 funeral service studies in newly-renovated classrooms at the State University of New York College of Technology at Canton.

Upgrades are part of a $6.77 million overhaul of Cook Hall, with Funeral Services Administration students benefiting from roughly $580,000 of the renovations, according to college spokesman Greg Kie.

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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