New York State Funeral Directors Association

Druid Sunrise

Three beams of light shine down from three points to make up the latest emblem added to the list of available symbols that can be featured on grave markers provided by the U.S. government.

Known as the Awen, this symbol is the mark of the Druids, people who endeavor to recapture the “beliefs and practices of the ancient Celts,” according to the website ReligiousTolerance.org.

The Awen is the newest addition to the National Cemetery Administration’s list of Emblems of Belief updated in January of 2017.

Munger Cemetery

When veterans are buried in national cemeteries today, the headstone and other services are paid for and managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Cemetery Administration.

But what about veterans who were buried long before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was even created?

Writing a Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, life gets in the way of death. If you find that you are unable to attend the funeral services of a family member or friend, a sympathy note is the next best thing.

Most funeral homes and newspapers offer online condolences, however, in the case of absence, nothing replaces a handwritten note of sympathy to the survivor.

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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