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.

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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.

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