New York State Funeral Directors Association


Welcome to NYSFDA

Founded in 1889, New York State Funeral Directors Association Inc. is among the oldest associations of funeral directors in the United States. Headquartered in Albany, NYSFDA provides professional services and educational programming designed to empower, inspire and elevate the state’s funeral services industry and its professionals. Learn more about the benefits of NYSFDA membership. 

Our member funeral directors are compassionate experts – all adhering to an enforceable Code of Ethics. Whether remembering a loved one or making personal arrangements for the future, NYSFDA members explain various services available, take care of the important details, and provide options that fit within individual budgets.
Learn more about how NYSFDA members can help you during an emotional time


COVID-19 Updates & Guidance

NYSFDA's first and most important priority is the health and safety of our members, your staff and the families you serve, and the well-being of our employees. As we're dealing with COVID-19 (coronavirus), we encourage you to visit our Resource Page dedicated to COVID-19.

When additional information directly relating to the funeral services industry becomes available we will be sure to share it with our members.

The Importance of Memorialization

This is why we memorialize our loved ones, the famous statesman, those who bravely fought in World War II and all the deceased who have touched the lives of ourselves and our forebears.

As long as we remember them, our loved ones live on in our minds and hearts.

In 2000, the National Funeral Directors Association completed the Celebration of Freedom campaign to build a magnificent memorial in Washington, DC to remember all those who served and died in World War II.

Building such a memorial and others like it is an integral part of human nature.Funeral Service

As early as 35,000 B.C., prehistoric humans practiced ritual funerals. Practically every culture since that era has engaged in some form of memorialization.

Even though today's lifestyles are changing and less attention is paid to formal religious rituals, funeral services and memorialization continue in new and interesting ways.

The memory table where favorite mementos and photos of the deceased are exhibited has become commonplace and now a family history video may also be shown.

The custom of sending flowers to honor a memory has evolved to contributing to a favorite charity or local community social service to benefit the living.

Some funeral homes in New York State arrange to have a tree planted for each funeral service they perform as a way of providing a living memorial honoring the deceased and to renew the forest life of New York.

Another custom that provides solace while enhancing the environment is to give a packet of wildflower seeds to each participant in the funeral service.

Communication features provided by the Internet have made even more dramatic changes in the ways we memorialize loved ones.

Funerals are broadcast on the Internet to accommodate shut-ins or relatives who can't attend services. Even though they do not attend the funeral service in person, they are still a part of the memorialization process.

When the time comes to arrange a funeral for a loved one or if you are preplanning your funeral, be sure to ask your funeral director about the options available or thoughts you may have to personalize the services.

By honoring the deceased with a formal funeral service and an appropriate memorial, we help to calm our grief and reach for peace.

Visit the website of your local NYSFDA Funeral Home where you can learn more about the importance of memorialization.


Offices Close at 1pm - Christmas Eve
Date 12.24.2020 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Offices Closed - Christmas Day
Date 12.25.2020 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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