New York State Funeral Directors Association

There’s No Shame in a Nice Grave Site

A photograph of this grave site near Russia shows a life-sized statue of a man, sitting comfortably at a table.

Other graves in this cemetery, apparently in Russia or Ukraine, have grand marble reproductions of the cars they drove – symbols of the achievements these departed people accomplished before they passed on.

Some included life-sized etchings of themselves in their favorite shirts or suits, many smiling as they did during life.

Concept Image - Searching

The last thing I expected to see was a picture of a smiling bikini model with her arm around a mummy. Maybe it was a zombie; I’m not sure what it was.

I’m in a hurry trying to learn all I can about the Funeral Director profession and it turns out the word “funeral” is a bit broad for a general search.

Broken Chains Conceptual Photo

They were buried in a remote part of a prominent Colonial-era family’s property in Upstate New York.

As time went on, the tiny cemetery – a mere burial plot of unmarked graves – was lost. The land wasn’t really looked at until it was eyed for a building project roughly two centuries later.

Contractors working to install water pipes started digging up human remains, and that’s where the path towards honoring some of New York’s earliest residents began.

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.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


SympathyNotes is written to stimulate discussion of death and grief. Opinions do not reflect the views of NYSFDA.

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