New York State Funeral Directors Association

Jennifer and Teddy Lee of Lee's Funeral Home of White Plains, NY

Growing up I didn’t plan to become a funeral director.

Though the community may have assumed I would go into the business and my dad may have hoped I would, he never pushed me to be a funeral director.

Having that said, he did always have me working around and in the funeral home as needed.

Library of Congress Image of US Submarines

There are many cemeteries and memorials for those lost to battle on land.

But there are only few dedicated to the thousands who died in the seas. Some are are still in shipwrecks that have been discovered and looted - others are still missing.

A project underway in 2018 marks the first plan for an underwater memorial dedicated to U.S. submarine crew members who were lost at sea.

Book Cover of "From Here to Eternity" by Caitlin Doughty

Keep your hands off.

Don’t touch. It’s not for you, not safe, not to be handled. Leave it alone, it’s dirty and unclean, hands off.

In most Western cultures, we think that about the deceased human body - but why?

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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