• Memorial Day Remembrance
    Posted: 05/24/2017

    This is the time of year when there’s an emphasis on remembering American veterans who died while serving our country – those valiant soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen of the U.S. Armed Forces – all share a dedication to the defense of freedom. Many Americans will visit memorials and grave sites of veterans who …
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  • Why the Details Matter at Farenga
    Posted: 05/17/2017

    The great Greek statesman, Pericles, said, “Wait for the wisest of all counselors, time.” It’s true that the passage of time and the experience it brings teaches us many things – lessons you cannot learn from a book or a school. This is true not only for people, but also for businesses. Since 1876, the Farenga …
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  • Q&A – What Are My Options for Final Disposition
    Posted: 04/28/2017

      One of the most important decisions you will make when it comes time to plan a funeral for someone you love, or for yourself when preplanning, is choosing a final resting place – or final disposition option. There are many preferences, cultural elements, and religious requirements that can go into such a decision, and …
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  • The Top Four Reasons to Follow Our Facebook Page
    Posted: 04/14/2017

    While a decade ago, it may have seemed odd for a funeral home to have an active Facebook page, that is no longer the case. Social media has impacted our daily lives in a number of ways, and it’s also changing how people memorialize their loved ones. Combine this with the fact that Facebook is …
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  • What Do I Do If My Loved One Passes Away While Traveling?
    Posted: 03/31/2017

    The world gets smaller every day. No one understands this more than those of us who live in the incredibly diverse area of Greater Queens, with people living and visiting here from every corner of the globe. More people are traveling and spending longer periods of time away from home. People are also retiring earlier …
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  • Why Community Connection Matters
    Posted: 03/17/2017

    Queens became a borough of New York City in 1898. It was over 20 years before that, in 1876, when the Farenga family began serving the people of this community during some of their most difficult times. It’s hard for most people today to imagine what life must have been like in Queens during that …
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  • Greek Funeral Traditions
    Posted: 02/27/2017

    At Farenga Funeral Home, we might be a little biased, but we think we live in the greatest of all the New York City boroughs. Greater Queens has been called the most diverse place on the planet, and the melting pot we experience adds a dimension of culture that makes living in Astoria and surrounding …
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  • The Many Options That Come with Cremation
    Posted: 02/15/2017

    Years ago, there was one factor that kept many families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral: People used to believe that if they chose cremation they could not have a funeral service, or if they did, it wouldn’t be as meaningful as it might be with traditional burial. When you choose Farenga …
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  • The Many Ways to Personalize a Loved One’s Farewell
    Posted: 01/27/2017

    For many of the families we serve in Astoria and surrounding communities, a memento of a loved one can be incredibly comforting in the days and months following a death. With many memorial items to choose from at Farenga, you are sure to find something that represents your loved one. For friends and family that …
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  • Resolving to Plan for the Future in the New Year
    Posted: 01/13/2017

    Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? The practice is said to extend back to ancient Babylon, when people would make promises to their gods for good behavior in the coming year. There is also evidence the Romans did it as well. Even Christians, following the lead of English clergyman John Wesley, picked up the …
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