New York State Funeral Directors Association

Reading insensitive mail after the death of a loved one is difficult

After her mom died a month ago, and with other relatives far away – geographically or otherwise – my wife assumed the responsibility of putting her mother’s affairs in order.

It’s an emotional and administrative task that started out as a red tape-laden mess bound to go nowhere – until I explored this office called Surrogate’s Court.

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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