New York State Funeral Directors Association

Photo of Plant from Dorothy Joslin's Funeral in Ed's Office. Plant has since perished.

We didn’t have a huge display for my mother-in-law’s funeral four months ago, but there were some really pretty flowers and equally beautiful plants. Most were brought or sent by very thoughtful people.

At the time, I couldn’t have cared less about the flowers and plants. It was a time I just wanted to end as soon as possible.

I figured those plants were disposable decorations. Now I realize they’re a form of grief therapy.


It’s easy to take a loved one’s voicemail message for granted when you hear it on a regular basis.

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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