New York State Funeral Directors Association

Timber clad walls and floor create a warm and comfortable atmosphere to gather with friends and family after a funeral service. Design by HofmanDujardin, image rendering by VERO Visuals.

People gather, they hold a ceremony, and then they meet up to talk about the ceremony and its focus – the loved one who has died.

It’s a simplified description of a funeral, but a useful one when thinking about the space needed for a funeral to take place.

The architectural firm Hofman-Dujardin of the Netherlands recently announced renderings of a new design of a “Funeral Centre” for modern times.

It’s a design that requires only three rooms.

They Lost Their Heads by Carlyn Beccia © 2018 Bloomsbury

Your neck bone’s connected to your back bone.

And that’s a good thing. You want to be the most together person around, in more ways than one. No sense in having your body parts lying scattered when you really need them all in one place.

Disconnection could be a problem, as you’ll see in “They Lost Their Heads!” by Carlyn Beccia.

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.


SympathyNotes is written to stimulate discussion of death and grief. Opinions do not reflect the views of NYSFDA.

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