• Mature couple talking to financial planner
    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 the team at Farenga Funeral Home can …
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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 now …
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  • Death away from home
    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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  • Gus Antonopoulos meeting with family
    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 time. But no …
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  • Open book at a Greek Orthodox Church
    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 areas truly special. …
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  • Cremation urn sitting on a tree stump in a forest
    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 Funeral Home , that couldn’t be …
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  • Old photo laying on a table with an ornate mirror and pearl necklace
    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 had a loved …
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  • A couple planning with a funeral director
    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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  • Supporting during grief
    Managing Grief During the Holidays
    Posted: 12/29/2016

    The holidays are supposed to be a time of great joy. Despite all of the family togetherness and holiday cheer though, this time of year can be very painful for those who have lost a loved one. Even the most wonderful traditions – the annual family Christmas party, a friendly gift exchange, or the sparkling …
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  • Gus Antonopoulos sitting in a chair
    Welcome to Our New Blog
    Posted: 12/23/2016

    We are excited to welcome you to the home of the new Farenga Family of Funeral Homes & Cremation Service blog! We’ve been a part of the Astoria and Greater Queens communities for a long time , but if you haven’t yet had a chance to get to know us, this will be the place to do it. …
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