New York State Funeral Directors Association

A teddy bear with a locket containing baby Preston's ashes sits alongside Krysten Bowen's young child Ryder

Krysten Bowen isn’t a grief counselor or a bereavement expert.

But after experiencing the death of her infant child, she knows at least one thing that can help a family cope.

It’s a teddy bear - a special one - and she’s begun an effort to share the solace a family can find in crafting a personal keepsake with a lost youngster in mind.

“I’m just a mom who lived it,” Bowen said.

He wasn’t a New York State native, but  Abraham Lincoln had a huge impact on residents here, including thousands of families who lost loved ones during the Civil War.

The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs hosted a display honoring the 16th U.S. President during the summer of 2016, highlighting several key roles New Yorkers played during Lincoln’s leadership.

A custom Jaguar hearse is among funeral vehicles in the fleet at F.A. Albin & Sons in London

As you know, our services are held relatively quickly after the time of passing.

At F.A. Albin & Sons, this is not the case. Services may not occur for several weeks after one’s passing.

Everything is taken care of over time, and families are given ample time for grief and preparation.

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