New York State Funeral Directors Association

The skeletal remains of a man were passed between science and art classes at a British school for more than four decades until the bones were found to be real.

Then the students – with the help of a local funeral home – did the right thing. They held a funeral.

It’s one of few positive developments I’ve seen in the realm of the #Unliving – those who have passed away yet end up being put on display or used as props and decorations.

Photo of Plant from Dorothy Joslin's Funeral in Ed's Office. Plant has since perished.

We didn’t have a huge display for my mother-in-law’s funeral four months ago, but there were some really pretty flowers and equally beautiful plants. Most were brought or sent by very thoughtful people.

At the time, I couldn’t have cared less about the flowers and plants. It was a time I just wanted to end as soon as possible.

I figured those plants were disposable decorations. Now I realize they’re a form of grief therapy.

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.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


SympathyNotes is written to stimulate discussion of death and grief. Opinions do not reflect the views of NYSFDA.

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