New York State Funeral Directors Association

Gravesite visits during holidays offer a sharp contrast to the respect some people get after they die – namely the unlucky ones who apparently didn’t do enough during their lives to merit the respect most who are buried get.

These poor folks have been turned into spectacles, decorations, paperweights, whittling material and an ash tray.

These are my newest examples that depict the plight of the #Unliving.

Some of the earliest graves in existence were marked with rocks, wood, or stones.

In some cultures, these primitive items were placed on top of the deceased's grave as a way to stop them from coming back to haunt the living.

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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