New York State Funeral Directors Association

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SympathyNotes, created by the NYSFDA, the oldest association of funeral directors in the US, is a discussion of death and dying, grief, funerals and ways people memorialize their loved ones.

Silhouette of Crowd - Crowdfunding With Help of Web Services Helps Family and Friends Fund Funeral Services

My wife and I got bad news a couple months ago – her cousin we’d seen just a few months before, at a funeral, was in the intensive care unit in another state.

She made the trip to the hospital and he died less than two weeks later.

My Old Pal Oscar by Amy Hest and Amy Bates © 2016 Abrams Books for Young Readers

There’s a hole in your heart.

Not really, but it might feel that way when someone you love is gone. It’s like you’re a potato chip bag without chips, or like a balloon with no air. You’re just plain empty, as though you’ve sprung a leak.

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.


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

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