New York State Funeral Directors Association

Police marching during 2017 NYS Police Officers Memorial Ceremony

I wrote a note on a piece of plywood that surrounded what was left of the World Trade Center site back in 2002.

It was about four months after the Sept. 11 attacks. My wife and I went to pay our respects, and we added a note to hundreds of other condolences people left as they waited in line to see the site.

I know I expressed remorse for all those killed – but I didn’t know then that so many more would be lost.

A random memorial for WWII Veteran and longtime firefighter James "Skippy" Egan on a park bench in Colonie, NY. May he Rest in Peace.

They’re on the back of cars, bolted to rocks and affixed to benches – but I never used to notice.

It wasn’t until I started looking for them that I realized memories people share of loved ones they’ve lost are everywhere.

I’ve been collecting photographs of people’s memorials and posting them on this blog’s Facebook page for a while now.

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.

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.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


SympathyNotes is written to stimulate discussion of death and grief. Opinions do not reflect the views of NYSFDA.

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