New York State Funeral Directors Association

Photo of historic, stone-column filled candle-lit building titled "Ancient Catacombs" by Tanor

A recent article reported Australia is running out of cemetery space and one organization was contemplating the creation of catacombs to ensure there’s room to lay their beloved to rest.

I’ve read many stories about places – especially that tiny island called England – facing similar issues.

So with folks in the U.S. suggesting as horrid an idea as composting people as a pre-emptive way to avoid a burial crisis, I thought a new set of catacombs might be an alternative worth exploring.

Should I Still Wish: A Memoir by John W. Evans © 2017, University of Nebraska Press

One foot in front of the other.

That’s best for moving forward: one foot, then the next, baby steps or great big strides, slow and steady or as fast as you can.

It may help you run from something or, as in the new book “Should I Still Wish” by John W. Evans, it could move you toward something, too.

People gather for a Memorial Day commemoration in Riverside Park, New York City on May 30, 1917. Image from the Library of Congress.

The words of Union Army General John A. Logan created an important holiday many Americans observe with family gatherings and some with visits to cemeteries.

The modern Memorial Day holiday was created after Logan’s General Order marked May 30, 1868 as a day for decorating the graves of “comrades who died in defense of their country.”

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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