New York State Funeral Directors Association

It’s not uncommon for people to attend funerals for friends and family who don’t share the same religious beliefs – or who don’t have any religion at all.

What if the deceased is religious, but you don’t know how to pray for them?

You can still make sure prayers that individual would appreciate will be voiced.

You were their hope for the future.

For your elders, your birth represented things they wished would happen but that they’d never know.

It was a joy for them to see you come into the world but for you, as in the new book “Ladysitting” by Lorene Cary, it’s harder to see them go.

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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