New York State Funeral Directors Association

Buffet of Food Items

I hope beef stew is still on the menu years from now so my great-great-great nephew can experience a little bit of my life, if only for a moment.

I imagine he’ll push a few sliced carrots out of the way while digging through the bowl before scooping up a warm chunk of savory beef covered with gravy.

I’ll argue that food is among the top three best things in life – and one that should always be placed into an obituary.

Book Cover, Let's Talk About Death (Over Dinner) © 2018 Da Capo LifeLong

There’s plenty of food for all. You can see that, and it smells delicious.

Your dinner companions are strangers no more, especially since you’ve had plenty of get-to-know-you time and you’ve gotten your nervousness out of the way.

And then your host begins the evening; as in “Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner)” by Michael Hebb, it’ll be an enlightening meal.

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.

SympathyNotes Facebook

Connect with SympathyNotes

FB Blue    Twitter Blue

SympathyNotes is copyrighted but may be reproduced with attribution. For reprint permission, please contact Ed Munger.