New York State Funeral Directors Association

Deadly Crash into Funeral Home Draws Help from Neighbors 

It didn’t take long for staff at a Chautauqua County, NY funeral home to realize the impact they’ve had on their community after a pickup truck smashed into their facility in late December.

Funeral director Gary Kindberg, the firm’s president, was among three injured at the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown, southwest of Buffalo, after a man passed away while behind the wheel and careened into the home on Dec. 29, 2014.

Former New York State Funeral Directors Association President Scott B. Anthony, CFSP, CCO, is engaged in a campaign to serve as Secretary of the National Funeral Directors Association. Scott Anthony CFSP, CCO

Co-owner of Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels in Rochester, Anthony is a longtime member of the NYSFDA - considered one of the largest state-level funeral director associations in the nation.

He has volunteered his time in several positions within groups aimed at improving the profession.

The New York State Funeral Directors Association added to the discussion of end-of-life as part of the series "Age Wise," a co-production of WMHT and the Albany Guardian Society.

Medical concerns, Advance Directives, Palliative Care and Hospice are among topics of this episode as well as thoughts about the relief pre-planning a funeral can bring to families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Saratoga Springs, NY Funeral Director Mark Phillips explains that many families are personalizing funerals - a change from earlier days when these ceremonies and rituals did not vary much. Funeral Director Mark Phillips

Holding deep meaning for all family members and loved ones, a funeral and its planning can be seen as a "journey," NYSFDA Executive Director Bonnie McCullough said.

"This is really a journey for all of us. We have to accept the reality of the death," McCullough said.

The New York State Funeral Directors Association hosted producers from WMHT and a television crew in October.

The Age Wise program will conclude with a studio audience event, Age Wise in the Capital Region, featuring discussion on each episode's topics which include: Where We Live, How to Age in Place, Caregiving, End-of-Life and Communities that Care.

Watch the End-of-Life episode of "Age Wise."