The last transaction

“Everybody will die, but very few people want to be reminded of that fact.”

— Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy


About 1,500 people died in 2010 in Ulster County. That’s the most recent year for which the state has, well, final statistics. In 2010 about 1,500 important decisions had to be made. Would there be a service? A burial? Cremation?

According to the New York State Funeral Directors Association website, cremation is a growing choice, though they say it’s increasing slowly — from about 20 percent of deaths in 2001 to 25 percent in 2006.


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