New York State Funeral Directors Association

A terminal diagnosis is not only shocking but also feels like the end of the world where you and your loved ones are concerned.

However, it is a time, too, to reflect on giving the best palliative care to a dying relative.

Having dignity while being free from pain and discomfort is the ‘best’ thing you can offer.

Lighting a memorial candle

Several positive actions were taken on behalf of New York State’s forgotten dead in 2017 – steps that begin to restore dignity to the lives of 19th Century citizens who played an important role as early residents of the Empire State.

Some who were dug up for development, were formally recognized and re-buried.

Others, who were buried without markers and forgotten for decades, were given back their names and memorialized.

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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