New York State Funeral Directors Association

Diana Brueggemann-Lobue and Father Doug Brueggemann of Brueggemann Funeral Home in East Northport, NY

Most children dream from a young age of what they want to be when they grow up.

I wanted to be many things, from a veterinarian to a doctor to an accountant.

I pursued none of those and instead got my degrees in Business and Fashion.

Jennifer and Teddy Lee of Lee's Funeral Home of White Plains, NY

Growing up I didn’t plan to become a funeral director.

Though the community may have assumed I would go into the business and my dad may have hoped I would, he never pushed me to be a funeral director.

Having that said, he did always have me working around and in the funeral home as needed.

Library of Congress Image of US Submarines

There are many cemeteries and memorials for those lost to battle on land.

But there are only few dedicated to the thousands who died in the seas. Some are are still in shipwrecks that have been discovered and looted - others are still missing.

A project underway in 2018 marks the first plan for an underwater memorial dedicated to U.S. submarine crew members who were lost at sea.

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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