New York State Funeral Directors Association

Underwater image of remains of a shipwreck

Funerals for veterans are emotional, symbolic and heartfelt.

They serve not only to memorialize those who sacrificed their lives but also as an expression of a society’s love for those who give their all for their country.

There’s a lot more to do -- we’re about 100 years late in recognizing hundreds and thousands of veterans worldwide who never had a funeral, much less a recognized final resting place.

With tree-lined streets, breathtaking views of ocean coastline and majestic mountains, it doesn’t surprise me the population of New Zealand has been growing steadily over the past several decades.

A lawsuit filed by parents who understandably believed they buried their entire son took an entire decade to be resolved.

Despite the lengthy review and appeals process, the decision still leaves me no closer to knowing how much of my body the government will allow me to bring to my grave.

The child’s parents thought they’d buried ALL of their teenaged car crash victim before the kids’ fellow students saw part of him on display during a tour of the local medical examiner’s office.

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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