New York State Funeral Directors Association

It can be assumed that very few funeral directors today can recall the trials and tribulations that came along with home removals by horse-drawn sleigh.

In our not so distant past, this task was a reality for funeral directors of the 1800s and come winter, the horse drawn funeral coach was transformed into a funeral sleigh with the addition of your standard, run of the mill funeral coach skis.

Concept Image - Searching

The last thing I expected to see was a picture of a smiling bikini model with her arm around a mummy. Maybe it was a zombie; I’m not sure what it was.

I’m in a hurry trying to learn all I can about the Funeral Director profession and it turns out the word “funeral” is a bit broad for a general search.

I just jumped off a fast-moving career as a newspaper reporter and landed in the communications office of the New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA). Fitting, I suppose, for someone who spent the past 15 years asking questions that people didn’t want to answer.

I’m no funeral director – but that doesn’t mean I’m unfamiliar with the topic, just ignorant. My senses take over when I ponder what I know about funerals.

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.

SympathyNotes Facebook


SympathyNotes is written to stimulate discussion of death and grief. Opinions do not reflect the views of NYSFDA.

Connect with SympathyNotes

FB Blue    Twitter Blue

SympathyNotes is copyrighted but may be reproduced with attribution. For reprint permission, please contact Ed Munger.