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How to Show Care to Someone Who is Grieving

“When my mother died, I had no idea how much the condolence cards I received would mean to me. Some included stories about my mother and others had encouraging words that truly helped me through a difficult time in my life. Now, when I hear that a friend has lost someone they loved, I always […]

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Funeral Etiquette: What to Do and What Not to Do

Learning the ropes of how to behave appropriately at a funeral service can be tricky and possibly even awkward. As you navigate this process, remember that the family of the deceased person comes first. This is their time to show how important their loved one is to them and to express their love and appreciation […]

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How Your Funeral Can Reflect Your Love of New York

We’re meeting more and more people in Astoria and Queens who tell us they don’t want a “typical” funeral. They may embrace certain traditional elements like a visitation, ceremony, and burial, but they want their final farewell to be a reflection of their life. They want to include as many personal details as possible. Our […]

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Are You Grieving or Depressed? Here’s How to Tell the Difference.

Every day, our staff meets with families in Queens and Astoria who have lost a friend or family member. Some arrive at Farenga Family of Funeral Homes & Cremation Service tired but at peace, having had time to say goodbye and prepare for their loved one’s death. Others have had their world turned upside down […]

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Our Family Serving Yours

Family-owned businesses, such as Farenga Funeral Home build their reputation by delivering on their promises. For the Farenga family, this means surpassing expectations as we serve our neighbors in Astoria and Queens. Our family has owned and operated Farenga Funeral Home for more than 100 years. We realize our neighbors throughout the Astoria area trust our expert staff […]

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Our Advice on Talking to Kids About COVID-19

Our Farenga Funeral Home staff has 144 years of experience walking through difficult times with those in our community. This includes having conversations with children about illness, tragedy, and death. When Queens and Astoria families walk through our doors, they depend on us for encouragement during challenging moments; right now is no different. As our […]

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5 Ways to Relieve Loneliness During a Quarantine

All across Queens and Astoria, people are spending their days inside waiting for the end of the COVID-19 crisis. Here at Farenga Family of Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, we are doing our best to serve our community during this time of uncertainty. We know that many of you are separated from family, friends, and […]

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Funeral Etiquette for a Greek Orthodox Church

When you live in an area as diverse as Astoria and Greater Queens, you run into people every from different cultures, backgrounds, and faith traditions. In our work at Farenga Funeral Home, Gus Antonopoulos and our staff are deeply knowledgeable about the different religious customs when it comes to funerals, cremation, and burial. It’s important […]

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How Our Funeral Home is Managing Coronavirus

As a cornerstone in this community, and as leaders during times of tragedy and uncertainty, let us assure you that your family’s health and safety is our number one priority. Many of you have reached out asking how Farenga Family of Funeral Homes & Cremation Service is ensuring that our community is safe at funerals. […]

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Self-Care During a Crisis is a Must

The year 2020 is not going as planned. As COVID-19 travels across the globe, it is natural to feel heightened anxiety, disappointment, and stress. The coming days and weeks are unknown, and the unknown can be frightening. It’s important to heed local and national health guidelines, and practice self-care to make sure you are maintaining […]

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