New York State Funeral Directors Association

Gravesite visits during holidays offer a sharp contrast to the respect some people get after they die – namely the unlucky ones who apparently didn’t do enough during their lives to merit the respect most who are buried get.

These poor folks have been turned into spectacles, decorations, paperweights, whittling material and an ash tray.

These are my newest examples that depict the plight of the #Unliving.

Their grave sites were stripped of remains, their bones hung in museums and displayed to the masses.

Eventually, Native Americans spoke up and said enough is enough.

They wanted their ancestors buried, and their voices forced the creation of a federal law that’s done a lot for the remains of some #Unliving humans in the U.S.

A lawsuit filed by parents who understandably believed they buried their entire son took an entire decade to be resolved.

Despite the lengthy review and appeals process, the decision still leaves me no closer to knowing how much of my body the government will allow me to bring to my grave.

The child’s parents thought they’d buried ALL of their teenaged car crash victim before the kids’ fellow students saw part of him on display during a tour of the local medical examiner’s office.

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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