New York State Funeral Directors Association

New York State Memorial Honors Fallen Police Officers

Game Protector Samuel S. Taylor was felled by gunfire a century ago while trying to arrest poachers. A gunshot put Buffalo Police Officer Patricia A. Parete in a coma for several years until she died in 2013.

Friends gathered around a coffin and offered their best version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” as a eulogy. It was a fine rendition of a popular song, a funeral director told me.

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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