New York State Funeral Directors Association

Impending Death Leaves Funeral Director Feeling Helpless

As a funeral director, I do a lot of prearrangements, meaning, I basically set up funerals for people who are still alive.

I’ve gone to people’s houses and different nursing homes to make these arrangements because sometimes people can’t get to me. It’s normal.

So I didn’t think anything of it when I got a call to make a prearrangement at a hospital last week.

Pet Cemetery

It sounded too good to be true when I heard New York State will allow humans to have their cremated remains buried in a Pet Cemetery.

I know how much people love their pets and figured it was a benevolent step by the Empire State.

As it turns out, it’s not too good AND it’s true.

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.

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