New York State Funeral Directors Association

Munger Cemetery

When veterans are buried in national cemeteries today, the headstone and other services are paid for and managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Cemetery Administration.

But what about veterans who were buried long before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was even created?

Pet Cemetery

It sounded too good to be true when I heard New York State will allow humans to have their cremated remains buried in a Pet Cemetery.

I know how much people love their pets and figured it was a benevolent step by the Empire State.

As it turns out, it’s not too good AND it’s true.

Day of the Dead Statues

I have a few childhood memories about Halloween – the younger ones involve costumes and candy.

The older ones bring back thoughts of learning how to melt the tip of a shaving cream nozzle so it sprays farther.

That’s one of the reasons I appreciate the day after Halloween better – the start of the holiday “Day of the Dead” celebrated in Mexico and other places with Latino populations.

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.


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