Funeral Service News


Q&A with a Tissue Navigator: Empowering Families to Support the Search for a Cure September 22, 2020

Morte Girl Melissa Johnson Williams continues to make news in her new endeavor.

‘Your True Calling Will Simply Find You’ American Funeral Director, June 2020

Great interview with another of our favorite Morte Girls, Sharon Gee-Mascarello. She is the editor and main author of the soon-to-be published textbook “Embalming: History, Theory, and Practice, Sixth Edition.” But that’s just Sharon’s latest contribution to funeral service. She is an embalming instructor at Wayne State University, and a frequent  presenter at state and national conventions.

‘Never Encountered Anything Like This’: Funeral Directors, Police Encouraged to Seek Counseling in Pandemic NJ Pen, April 21, 2020

NYC may temporarily bury coronavirus victims on Hart Island New York Post, April 6, 2020

New York considers loosening requirements for funeral directors as bodies pile up Politico, April 3, 2020

US Funeral Workers Among Most Exposed To Coronavirus Cases  International Business Times, March 25, 2020

Women in the Funeral Industry: Beatrice E. Lewanduski, CFSP NYSFDA March 2020

One of our favorite Morte Girls talks about her long career in funeral service, and gives advice to those wishing to forge their own career. Bea is a past president of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, and  currently serves as NY’s representative to the National Funeral Directors Association.

The Work We Do: Karen Heppner Riverhead News-Review, January 29, 2020

Here’s another female funeral director representing what we do with dignity and decorum.

Canada’s first ‘body farm’ to open in Quebec — and people are already signing up to be donors The Western Star, May 16, 2019

Korean independence fighter Whang Ki-whan at rest in New York cemetery YonHap News Agency, March 29, 2019

A Director’s Lifelong Mission  Texas Director October 2018

Our friend, funeral director Jim Kurtz, was featured on the cover of Texas Director. His story is sure to make every funeral director proud.

Death Anxiety, Psychology Today, May 18, 2018

Hall of Famer Quietly Owns Funeral Home,, May 9, 2018

Making Hart Island’s graves easier to visit Fox5, May 8, 2018

Police: Woman used obituaries to find targets for burglary The Associated Press, May 7, 2018

The art of the funeral, passed down through generations,, May 4, 2018

Troopers locate, charge man suspected of damaging headstones in Oswego County, May 4, 2019

Healing Grief Through Others, Daily Herald, April 24, 2018

How to Talk With Your Dying Loved One, Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2018

Stephen Hawking Funeral, The New York Times, March 31, 2018

End of Life March 25, 2018

End of Life Art DrawingThe New York Times, March 22, 2018

Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium, Popular Mechanics, March 1, 2018

Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How, The New York Times, February 20, 2018

Ode to an Obituary Writer, a Dying Breed, New Jersey Monthly, February 16, 2018

Art That Proves Death Doesn’t Have To Be Sad,  Women’s Health, February 8, 2018

Update on Formaldehyde, Update on Formaldehyde, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, February 2018 

Let’s Keep the Funeral Tradition Alive The Saturday Evening Post, Jan./Feb. 2018

Understanding Grief, The New York Times, January 15, 2018

Arlington Ladies’ Attend Every Funeral at the National Cemetery, NBC News, January 2, 2018

John Herzig’s Famous Endings Museum  Ohio Magazine, January 2018

The museum contains an outstanding collection of funeral memorabilia. It is a “must visit.”

Funeral Director Honored for Meaningful Impact in Community NYSFDA 2018

For the second time, John D’Arienzo has become president of The Metropolitan Funeral Director’s Association, in New York City. His funeral home, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has long been a fixture in the community. Read on to read about his community involvement, and  friendship with Andrew Anastasio, who runs Williamsburg’s only other surviving funeral home.

The Heroes of Burial Road, The New York Times, December 13, 2017

The Curious and Gruesome Art of Human Death Masks, CNN Style, October 30, 2017

New Study Finds Formaldehyde Does Not Cause Cancer by Gene Mutation, National Toxicology Program, August 2017

The One Thing No One Ever Says About Grieving, Thrive Global,  July 18, 2017

Shifts in Response to Loss Due to Death: An assessment in Funeral Service Mourning trends Over Time, East Tennessee State University, December 2015

See Death as a Triumph, Not a Failure, The New York Times, May 9, 2015

Getting Grief Right, The New York Times, January 10, 2015

Funeral home is only one in Madison owned by black morticianWisconsin State Journal, April 24, 2014

The Death of the Funeral Business, Philadelphia Magazine, November 22, 2013

Viewing the Body After Bereavement Due to a Traumatic Death, The BMJ, April 30, 2010

A Burial Ground and Its Dead Are Given New Life, The New York Times, February 25, 2010

Good Grief. Is there a better way to be bereaved? The New Yorker, February 1, 2010

A Decalogue: Ten Commandments for the Concerned Caregiver, NPR, 1997