New York State Funeral Directors Association

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Just a couple of years ago, more than 1,000 New York State families were wrestling with the loss of a child less than a year old.

Around 305 families endured the death of a child less 10 in 2014 – and nearly 500 kids aged 10 – 19 were lost that year.

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It’s difficult to know what a good gift might be for a friend who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of groups doing good work that could use some help - and many will do so in memory of someone your friend has lost.

Playing Dead © 2016 Simon & Schuster

Your wallet is genuine, original faux-leather from faux-Venezuela.

It matches the pleather jacket you love so much and your favorite fake-silk shirt, which you like to wear when you drive the car you bought and can barely afford, but that looks great for appearances.

Life is sometimes all about pretending but, in “Playing Dead” by Elizabeth Greenwood, faking your demise isn’t quite as easy.

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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