New York State Funeral Directors Association

Sadness, depression, guilt, emptiness – people endure a lot of feelings after the death of somebody close. That’s really not anything new.

If you follow news related to funerals and memorialization, you might be led to believe people are reaching far and wide to find the right way to “do right” by their loved one.

With tree-lined streets, breathtaking views of ocean coastline and majestic mountains, it doesn’t surprise me the population of New Zealand has been growing steadily over the past several decades.

Fire service chaplain David King, of Toronto, and Holistic Wellness coach Cheryl-Elemi Gayle, of New Jersey, put final touches on a eulogy for a hypothetical funeral service as part of a team exercise during the In-Sight Certified Celebrant course held at the office of the New York State Funeral Directors Association in June 2015

Some American families are migrating away from funeral services structured by formal religions – and people who attended a 2015 seminar in Albany, NY know why.

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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