New York State Funeral Directors Association

It’s almost amazing, but more rightly troubling, what occurs during funeral processions.

There’s always an uproar in the media, and in the local diner, after police get involved in a family’s funeral procession.

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.

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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