New York State Funeral Directors Association

Hospital Scene

As human beings, we grow and change each day, our personalities conforming to our surroundings and our minds developing new coping strategies for the things that are beyond our control.

Most of the time, these changes are occurring completely unbeknownst to us.

Friends gathered around a coffin and offered their best version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” as a eulogy. It was a fine rendition of a popular song, a funeral director told me.

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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