New York State Funeral Directors Association

Kent Funeral Home New Herase

Venerable and distinctive, the hearse has served as a hallmark of funeral processions for more than a century.

And with good reason, according to Funeral Director Walter J. Kent – it’s the central vehicle in a funeral because of who it carries.

This summer, Kent became one of only two-dozen people worldwide to acquire a 2016 Grand Vista Classic Coach.

Loving, Supporting and Caring for the Cancer Patient © 2016 Rowman & Littlefield

“Call me if you need anything.”

When your friend shared her diagnosis, that was all you could think to say but, of course, she’ll never call because she has cancer and she needs more than six words.

What to do? Read “Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient” by Stan Goldberg, and learn what really helps.


Just a couple of years ago, more than 1,000 New York State families were wrestling with the loss of a child less than a year old.

Around 305 families endured the death of a child less 10 in 2014 – and nearly 500 kids aged 10 – 19 were lost that year.

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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