New York State Funeral Directors Association

Image of the ocean

Breathtaking displays honoring loved ones who are lost in disasters are situated throughout the American landscape.

Many are built after specific incidents – memorializing victims of disasters like plane crashes and terror attacks.

A new memorial being built in Louisiana will memorialize not those lost in certain disasters – but rather those lost in the sea.

A government building

The months following the death of my mother-in-law were difficult enough before an official-looking letter came in the mail, addressed to my wife.

She opened it up and just stared at the cold, bureaucratic text for a while. Her face was turning red as I asked “what’s going on?”

Mother and daughter chatting with grandfather

I am a licensed funeral director/embalmer in two states, I own a funeral home and I am a licensed grief counselor.

Oddly enough, I cannot get my father to talk to me about his preferences for funeral arrangements.

I am his oldest daughter, the one responsible for that sort of thing.

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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