New York State Funeral Directors Association

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. Photo from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress.

Some people ask that memorial contributions be made to charities and other good causes after they pass away.

And when those who remember them take this step, they can truly say they’ve made an impact on the world.

But only for one person’s birthday is there an annual holiday that gives millions of people a day off of work: Martin Luther King Jr.

Each day feels a little longer than the last.

They don’t start out that way; you awaken each morning and, for the first few seconds, everything’s fine.

But then you remember – you’ll always remember – that you’re suffering from a loss and in the new book “Good Grief” by Theresa Caputo, you’ll see how your loved one wants you to move on.

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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