New York State Funeral Directors Association

Statue of Liberty is Crying

It’s surprising to hear that so many American Veterans have passed away without the honor of a military funeral.

The issue dates back decades. Funeral homes willingly performed creation services for late veterans and the ashes were left there – abandoned.

The Bookworm Sez Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews “Morgue: A Life in Death” by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell © 2016 St. Martin's Press

“What happened?”

We blurt it out without thinking; it’s a common question when someone has died unexpectedly. What happened, where did it happen, why, how…? Knowing the answer can help make sense of the senselessness of death.

And in the new book “Morgue: A Life in Death” by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell, knowing what happened could lead to a conviction.

Partial View of 1855 Census from Albany New York Found for Free through Ancestry and New York Archives and Library Partnership

I probably walked right past my long-lost relative Benjamin several times. But I didn’t know enough to stop at his gravesite to pay my respects.

I’ve been to funerals and visited family members at historic Albany Rural Cemetery many times. I would have searched him out.

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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