New York State Funeral Directors Association

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."

About six years ago, Michael Harris spent part of September-- recognized as Pet Memorial Month – wondering why there weren’t more-meaningful services available to memorialize his beloved Rottweilers Hanna and Luke.

These two best friends died within weeks of each other and Harris had only two choices: leave the pets with the veterinarian to be co-mingled and cremated with other pets or pay more to have them cremated “individually”- separated but still cremated at the same time.

And he learned the wait for returning the cremated remains was going to be two weeks. For Harris, a third-generation funeral director in Upstate New York, that wasn’t good enough.