New York State Funeral Directors Association

I just jumped off a fast-moving career as a newspaper reporter and landed in the communications office of the New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA). Fitting, I suppose, for someone who spent the past 15 years asking questions that people didn’t want to answer.

I’m no funeral director – but that doesn’t mean I’m unfamiliar with the topic, just ignorant. My senses take over when I ponder what I know about funerals.

Image of Flower Petals in the Wind

“We sincerely apologize for the unfortunate delay,” the pilot announced just after we touched down at Prestwick Airport in Scotland. I scrambled to get off the plane and through customs, but with over an hour drive to the Glasgow Crematorium, it was no use. I was too late.

She was already gone.

Image of one of the sights at Sedlec Ossuary: Coins Left as Offering, photo by misha - Own work (http://photofile.ru/users/misha_kar/200032623/200331499/), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10727955

A “grand“ light fixture made of human bones draws much attention in this article I read about the Sedlec Ossuary located in the Czech Republic.

It’s in the Tech section of “Business Insider” online – don’t ask me why, there’s little “Tech” in the article, and even less technology in this disgrace of a display that the article suggests is used as a church. I won’t believe that, even if it’s true.

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