New York State Funeral Directors Association

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Everybody has a story to tell.

It might start with a rough childhood, or an event that left a lifelong impression; an influential mentor, or a span of adult years and a change of heart.

However that tale opens, there’s always more to it.

Woman Looks Down Long Road of Grief

How to Cope with Loss and Its Effects

The famous psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said, “There is no typical response to loss, because there is no typical loss.”

Each person experiences grief and loss in their own unique way, and understanding how and why we grieve, while important, doesn’t make it any easier to lose a loved one.

Veteran Service Organization Honor Guards Salute as Remains of a WWII Pilot are Offloaded from an Airplane

The news media had a comfortable spot in the shade to snap photos as the remains of a long lost WWII pilot arrived at the airport.

Meanwhile, a group of veterans serving as Honor Guards were standing in the hot sun on the airport tarmac, saluting the flag-draped coffin being offloaded from an airplane.

These volunteers – who pay for the uniforms they wear – are the target of an organized effort a funeral director started to show them some appreciation.

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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