New York State Funeral Directors Association

A random memorial for WWII Veteran and longtime firefighter James "Skippy" Egan on a park bench in Colonie, NY. May he Rest in Peace.

They’re on the back of cars, bolted to rocks and affixed to benches – but I never used to notice.

It wasn’t until I started looking for them that I realized memories people share of loved ones they’ve lost are everywhere.

I’ve been collecting photographs of people’s memorials and posting them on this blog’s Facebook page for a while now.

Photo of historic, stone-column filled candle-lit building titled "Ancient Catacombs" by Tanor

A recent article reported Australia is running out of cemetery space and one organization was contemplating the creation of catacombs to ensure there’s room to lay their beloved to rest.

I’ve read many stories about places – especially that tiny island called England – facing similar issues.

So with folks in the U.S. suggesting as horrid an idea as composting people as a pre-emptive way to avoid a burial crisis, I thought a new set of catacombs might be an alternative worth exploring.

Should I Still Wish: A Memoir by John W. Evans © 2017, University of Nebraska Press

One foot in front of the other.

That’s best for moving forward: one foot, then the next, baby steps or great big strides, slow and steady or as fast as you can.

It may help you run from something or, as in the new book “Should I Still Wish” by John W. Evans, it could move you toward something, too.

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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