New York State Funeral Directors Association

Library of Congress Image of US Submarines

There are many cemeteries and memorials for those lost to battle on land.

But there are only few dedicated to the thousands who died in the seas. Some are are still in shipwrecks that have been discovered and looted - others are still missing.

A project underway in 2018 marks the first plan for an underwater memorial dedicated to U.S. submarine crew members who were lost at sea.

Book Cover of "From Here to Eternity" by Caitlin Doughty

Keep your hands off.

Don’t touch. It’s not for you, not safe, not to be handled. Leave it alone, it’s dirty and unclean, hands off.

In most Western cultures, we think that about the deceased human body - but why?

Funeral Director Stephenie Nowak Bernius and Daughter Katerina

Being a funeral director can be exhausting, it is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year job.

Being a mom can be exhausting, it is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year job.

I am both.

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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