New York State Funeral Directors Association

Art in Loving Memory Memorial for Chrissy Rossi

A young mother reaches towards the sky to touch tree branches forming the shape of a heart – a young girl looks down from the heavens.

The child in the painting represents Heather, a vibrant youngster claimed by a brain tumor at the early age of five.

Photo of Archaeologists Probably Digging Somebody Up

I realized this blog’s topic, “end-of-life issues,” extends into an unending sphere of time. I’ll never really “finish” with the end of my life, even after I die.

If all works out right, I’ll be resting comfortably in my coffin while the world contends with the weather and taxes – my “end-of-life” will be continuing, quietly.

Quietly, that is, if I don’t get dug up, become a scientific project or have my gravesite vandalized – something that seems to be happening all over the place.

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.


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