New York State Funeral Directors Association

Diana Brueggemann-Lobue and Father Doug Brueggemann of Brueggemann Funeral Home in East Northport, NY

Most children dream from a young age of what they want to be when they grow up.

I wanted to be many things, from a veterinarian to a doctor to an accountant.

I pursued none of those and instead got my degrees in Business and Fashion.

Funeral Director Dean Burns and his children, Tim and Virginia

When pursuing life’s work or destiny, there is always a lot of second guessing if one made the right choices.

My business career actually started when I was eleven years old - I inherited my brother's paper route.

I later recognized, in my adult life, that I developed two traits that I needed to follow to be happy.

Silhouette of a Dad and Daughter

I distinctly remember the day I told my father I wanted to continue my education and obtain my funeral director’s license, never thinking I would make a lifetime career out of it.

My father never encouraged - nor dissuaded - any of his children from entering the family business.

So, my coming to him with this request was unanticipated.

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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