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Ashes to ashes ... Cremation can be cheaper, more creative option

Michael Conti, family services manager at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, says a dedicated space for ashes means survivors will always have a place to visit.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Michael Conti, family services manager at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, says a dedicated space for ashes means survivors will always have a place to visit.
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People touch names on the 4-inch, bronze-colored plates at Schenectady’s First Reformed Church. Cremated remains of Eleanor, Wayne, Priscilla and James are among those interred inside the church columbarium, a room with wooden walls, plush light green carpeting and sofas and chairs for visitors. The mood is usually quiet, even solemn. “Human beings need touchstones; we need holy places,” said Bill Levering, senior pastor at the landmark Stockade church. “It’s a way of calling a ...


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