New York State Funeral Directors Association

Funerals, cremation and burial often follow the death of a loved one in what some might consider a civilized society.

If I told my Catholic mother I wanted my casket strapped to a mechanical bull so I could take “one last ride” at my funeral, she’d probably start crying.

New York State Memorial Honors Fallen Police Officers

Game Protector Samuel S. Taylor was felled by gunfire a century ago while trying to arrest poachers. A gunshot put Buffalo Police Officer Patricia A. Parete in a coma for several years until she died in 2013.

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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