New York State Funeral Directors Association

Black and White rendering titled "Pilgrim Fathers Leaving England," by Tony Baggett

More than 1,500 lives were lost during the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic back in 1912; but more than 700 survived.

Could any of these survivors be an ancestor of yours?

Years ago, if it weren’t for preserving family photos and stories, it wasn’t that easy for people to know where they came from – and what struggles their ancestors endured to get them there.

View of computer screen - there are numerous helpful resources to help with grief on the popular video channel YouTube

There isn’t a whole lot people can say to friends or family in the days following the loss of a loved one.

Being there for them to talk, taking some of the burden of daily tasks off their shoulders or bringing over some food are all great suggestions that have been passed along.

These things don’t take away the pain, but they strengthen the much-needed feeling that people aren’t alone and emphasize that there are others who care and are ready to help.

View of Book Cover, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello ©2017 Atria

Just like in the movies, you’d planned to grow old together.

You’d be the couple everyone smiled at: two wrinkled beings, holding hands, fussing good-naturedly at one another.

Still in love, like the movies, til death do you part - but then, as in the new memoir “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies” by Michael Ausiello, someone changes the script.

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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