New York State Funeral Directors Association

Attorneys, a private investigator, three different countries and news stories including phrases like “complex and confusing” are among the items I do not want my family to deal with once my famous life has ended.

Well, I probably won’t be famous, but the ongoing saga involving late radio legend Casey Kasem makes me feel glad that I’m not.

Kasem – dead and still unburied more than 100 days since he died – is shining a spotlight on what can happen when the living don’t take the time to consider what will happen when they’re no longer living.

Valentine’s Day provides some good encouragement to do something nice for a special someone.

It’s often focused on the here and now, but this quasi-holiday can also serve as a reminder of things you can do to help your loved one after you pass away.

So after getting flowers and a box of candy for your significant other, consider the option of naming them your Legacy Contact on Facebook.

Druid Sunrise

Three beams of light shine down from three points to make up the latest emblem added to the list of available symbols that can be featured on grave markers provided by the U.S. government.

Known as the Awen, this symbol is the mark of the Druids, people who endeavor to recapture the “beliefs and practices of the ancient Celts,” according to the website ReligiousTolerance.org.

The Awen is the newest addition to the National Cemetery Administration’s list of Emblems of Belief updated in January of 2017.

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.

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