New York State Funeral Directors Association

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Editors Note: This article appeared in the Iowa Funeral Directors Association's 2017 November newsletter

Dear Lord,

We thank you for this day in which we may give thanks…and, please, just this once, let me finish our Thanksgiving meal before the phone rings because these chances to enjoy food and fellowship together come around so rarely.

Historic writing

Years ago, family stories were passed down the generations through word of mouth.

It wouldn’t be otherwise a couple hundred years ago – when most people weren’t able to write.

After decades of mandatory education in the United States, most people are able to write, so today, there are few excuses to let important family history be forgotten.

Several calendar observances for the month of November provide ample encouragement to consider writing down some of your family stories – and there is quite a bit of help out there to make it easy.

Mortuary affairs specialists conduct a capabilities demonstration to explain the importance of properly preparing a United States flag for a transfer case on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Caitlyn Byrne)

"A body, is somebody."

As a former volunteer with the Mortuary Casualty Assistance Team, Staff Sgt. Kristen Bell developed her own creed for giving honor to our fallen Soldiers.

Bell's path to honoring our nation's finest began after she joined the Army in 2003.

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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