New York State Funeral Directors Association

2015 Certified Celebrants

ALBANY, NY (JUNE 30, 2015) — Thirty people representing a diverse group from throughout the northeast and Canada recently completed a three-day program focused on helping family and friends address the intense grief that follows the death of a loved one.

ALBANY, NY (August 2014) -- The New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) hosted its annual statewide convention in Verona, NY, August 10 - 13, 2014.

The event brought hundreds of funeral directors, guests, and exhibitors to the region.  The convention was held at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

Animals from the Farm of the Late Alvin E. Allen Grace the Lawn of the Norman L. Waterman Funeral Home During Allen's Funeral

The late Alvin E. Allen woke up each morning to feed the beef cattle on his family farm before heading off to work his day job at another farm. He’d return home from work each day and again care for the family farm’s animals.

Livestock and other residents of the family farm were an important part of Allen’s life – so funeral director Norman Waterman had no qualms when family members asked if they could bring Whalen to the funeral home for the farmer’s wake.

Family members and neighbors gathered some mobile fencing and trucked Whalen – a 1,000 pound Hereford bull – into town.