New York State Funeral Directors Association

Life and Work Balancing

Being a funeral director is, in my opinion, one of the more challenging, rewarding, time-consuming, unpredictable life-paths that one can take.

I have had the privilege of working with many seasoned professionals in the funeral industry and one thing I have taken notice of is the importance of a quality work-home balance.

Students attending Ulster BOCES Health Occupations Explorations Program (HOEP) at the Career & Technical Center had a unique experience exploring the career responsibilities of a funeral director.

At first glance, the career of a funeral director may not seem closely related to heath occupations.

However, coursework in anatomy, physiology, and pathology are often required for practitioners, linking the field very closely with the HOEP curriculum.

Youths in Halloween Costumes

This blog usually focuses on death and dying, but the candy corn must have gotten to me.

My thoughts are stuck on this week’s pseudo holiday Halloween – once considered “hallowed evening,” so that’s my focus this week.

It wouldn’t take an outsider long to figure out that Halloween in America has turned into another commercialized excuse to celebrate – and there’s actually nothing to really celebrate.

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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