New York State Funeral Directors Association

Craftsman debarks logs at start of memorial crafting process

Editor's Note: The idea for this article came from a addition to the NYSFDA Classifieds

Cremation urns are made with a variety of materials. They’re available in brass and pewter, cultured marble and some are made of biodegradable, “earth-friendly” materials.

For Steven Parsons, the craftsmanship involved in creating such an important container is as essential as the material it’s made from.

Military family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one in a duty-related death often describe continued challenges with bereavement long after the death of their loved one.

As a result, experts at the Uniformed Services University (USU) have just launched a new study to help bereaved military families.

Vintage family photographs

Some people believe their old, vintage family photographs are priceless. Others have no regard for them.

If you’re among those who treasure your black-and-white family heirlooms, how can you be sure you’ll be able to pass them down to future generations?

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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