New York State Funeral Directors Association

Hospital Scene

As human beings, we grow and change each day, our personalities conforming to our surroundings and our minds developing new coping strategies for the things that are beyond our control.

Most of the time, these changes are occurring completely unbeknownst to us.

It can be assumed that very few funeral directors today can recall the trials and tribulations that came along with home removals by horse-drawn sleigh.

In our not so distant past, this task was a reality for funeral directors of the 1800s and come winter, the horse drawn funeral coach was transformed into a funeral sleigh with the addition of your standard, run of the mill funeral coach skis.

William Shakespeare. He’s been called a genius for his deep understanding of humanity, and his influence on the English language is renowned.

His fame should make it easy for people to take interest in hearing there’s somebody out there talking about pulling Shakespeare out of his grave to study his bones.

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.


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