New York State Funeral Directors Association

The Honolulu memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. More than 28,000 Americans that gave their lives in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are memorialized on the Courts of the Missing here. Photo from the ABMC Website, © 2005 New Voyage Communications, Inc.

I’ll never get to visit the final resting place of my relative, Royal Freeman Munger.

That’s because Royal, a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII,  went missing in action in March of 1945.

But thanks to detailed information available on the website of the American Battle Monuments Commission, I did learn there’s a memorial for war veterans with his name on it that I could visit.


The Last Word

Director  Writer Starring
Mark Pellington

Stuart Ross 

Shirley MacLaine

Amanda Seyfried


Creating a legacy and going the extra mile is something our NYSFDA members do for their families daily.

This film emphasizes the value that families gain from these actions.

You will be pleasantly entertained by this film, and hopefully inspired!

Mourning Dove

Grief is a deserted island.

No two people grieve exactly the same. You could be sitting in a room full of people who are all mourning the same loss as you, and still feel alone and misunderstood.

This is because no two relationships are the same, and every person in that room had a different connection with the person who is now gone.

No one else can see or feel the memories you relive in your head after the loss of a loved one.

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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