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What Should I Send? And Other Funeral Etiquette Tips

When someone dies, it is often difficult to know how to show your support to the loved one’s family. Of course, you know they are probably feeling sad, shocked, overwhelmed, angry – or any combination of these emotions. What might help you when you are feeling that way may not be the same for them. […]

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Who Do You Trust to Plan Your Funeral?

When Farenga Funeral Home opened its doors in Astoria back in 1876, here’s what else was going on around the country: Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call (*Do you know what he said? See below for the answer). Heinz Ketchup was introduced, to the delight of French fry fans nationwide. The Brooklyn […]

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Four Tips When It’s Time to Care for an Aging Parent

There is good news to share on the current health of our country: Americans are living longer than ever before. With that news comes a caveat, in that longer life spans confront us with new, and often daunting, challenges…especially when it comes to caring for an aging family member. Sometimes, crisis strikes suddenly and responsibility […]

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How to Create the Perfect Video Tribute for Your Loved One’s Funeral

If there is one thing we have learned here at Farenga Funeral Home, it’s the importance funeral planning plays in the grief process. While this is certainly not easy for a person who is desperately missing a loved one, something happens when he/she starts making choices to personalize the funeral service. Our expert staff in […]

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New to Queens? Top Four Sights to See First!

For those of you who are new to the area, let us be the first to welcome you to the most wonderful and diverse county in the United States! Owner Gus Antonopoulos and our staff know firsthand what a terrific place Greater Queens and Astoria is to work and live. Many of us grew up […]

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Four Unique Religious Funeral Traditions

American short story writer O. Henry once said this about New York City: “It’ll be a great place if they ever finish it.” Gus Antonopoulos and our staff here at Farenga Funeral Home celebrate living in an area that is always changing and growing! All five boroughs reflect a melting pot of cultures, ethnic traditions, […]

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We Are Proud to Fly the Flag for Our Veterans

As we consider the young men and women who have fought for our freedom throughout the years, whether overseas and protecting our borders at home, the words “You’re a grand ole’ flag, you’re a high-flying flag” take on special meaning. As Americans – and as people from Queens and Astoria – we are so proud […]

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A Tale of Two Funerals: Family Owned V. Corporate

Family-owned funeral homes like Farenga Funeral Home  have become harder to find over the years, as large corporations purchase one after another funeral home that was originally founded by a family. Here in Greater Queens and Astoria, our family has been serving our neighbors since 1876 – and we will continue to do so with […]

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Why You Should Never Skip the Funeral

We know it’s a question many people in Astoria and Greater Queens have asked themselves over the years: Should I attend the funeral? Maybe you never met the person who died, but work with one of their loved ones. Maybe the family dynamic is complex, or you don’t want to attend by yourself. Perhaps the […]

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Empowering Those at the End of Their Lives Through Preplanning

People can be a little unsettled by a discussion about death, but it’s so important that end-of-life discussions happen within all Astoria and Greater Queens families, as well as between a family or individual and a trusted funeral home. From our experience, making prearrangements can be particularly beneficial, mentally and emotionally, for those facing a […]

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