New York State Funeral Directors Association

Jizo-Sama Statues in Japan

There are countless benefits to having family all around the globe, from being exposed to various cuisines at an early age to knowing that there is so much more out there than we can possibly fathom in our little communities.

The opportunity to venture out into the world and pay a visit is definitely one of the highlights.

Our most recent family trip came when my cousin announced he was going to be married in Tokyo, Japan.

Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier in Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA

The Fourth of July is typically a fun-filled day off of work that often entails fireworks, barbecues and American Flags.

But mostly hidden from this holiday’s promotion are thousands of people who died to make it happen – people for whom there is no national monument or memorial. 

Woman searching at edge of forest

When her husband Georg died, Marie Hernemar faced a difficult decision: where to bury him.

She decided to bring his cremated remains to Sweden, where he was born, and where his relatives live.

It’s been more than two years now and Marie doesn’t know where her husband is interred. She’s unsure if she’ll ever get to pay her respects again.

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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