New York State Funeral Directors Association

Seedling growing

It’s difficult to know what a good gift might be for a friend who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of groups doing good work that could use some help - and many will do so in memory of someone your friend has lost.

Playing Dead © 2016 Simon & Schuster

Your wallet is genuine, original faux-leather from faux-Venezuela.

It matches the pleather jacket you love so much and your favorite fake-silk shirt, which you like to wear when you drive the car you bought and can barely afford, but that looks great for appearances.

Life is sometimes all about pretending but, in “Playing Dead” by Elizabeth Greenwood, faking your demise isn’t quite as easy.

Dance of Death by William Harrison Ainsworth

When the Black Death swept through Europe in the 14th century, it claimed the lives of over 75 million people, many of who were clergymen whose job it was to help usher the dying into the next world.

In response to the shortage of priests, the Ars Moriendi (Art of Dying) first emerged in 1415.

This was a manual that provided practical guidance to the dying and those who attended them in their final moments.

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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