New York State Funeral Directors Association

Your mother can speak on just about any subject. Family issues, money, old music, new technology, cooking, fashion, she’ll teach you all day.

Ask her about one certain topic, though, and her lips are sealed tight but with “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You” by Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller, you can school Mom on a thing or two.

Portrait of African American Union Soldier with Family

Henry Bell was among more than 600,000 Americans who died during the dark days of the U.S. Civil War.

Bell was a freed slave who agreed to fight for his liberty with the Union Army.

Today, citizen volunteers can play an important role in the goal of keeping the memory of earlier Americans alive.

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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