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The Use of Funeral Flowers in Greek Orthodox Funerals

Flowers are an essential part of almost every meaningful ceremony. They are a symbol for beauty and life as well as a token of gratitude or condolence. They have a very important role in the various religious rituals and traditions that color the Greater Queens community, and they connect us all in our love for […]

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Ideas for Reconnecting with Life After a Loss

It’s quite usual – and normal – for people who have suffered a loss to go into a kind of isolation. It’s common to feel tremendous sorrow and dislocation even long after the funeral service is over. The normal routines of life have been cruelly interrupted. At Farenga Funeral Homes, we have witnessed this pain […]

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How Social Media Has Affected  Funeral Service

Research shows that in 2017, 81% of the American population will be on some type of social media, so if by some chance you haven’t joined Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet, chances are, you probably will soon. It’s even been reported that time spent on social media is second only to time spent watching television. […]

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How to Make a Cremation Service Meaningful

Years ago, there was one factor that kept many Astoria families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral. People believed that if they chose cremation, they could not have a funeral service that was meaningful and told the story of their loved one’s life. Of course, this is not true.  Funeral traditions are […]

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The Rich Traditions of a Catholic Funeral

Everyone has a corner of the world they call home, and at Farenga Funeral Home, Queens is ours. New York City is generally diverse, but in Queens, we have our own beautiful tapestry of different cultures. Visitors to our borough only need to walk down Main Street to see the communities of Queens represented with […]

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How Much Does a Funeral Cost?

For many families, the need to plan a funeral comes unexpectedly. Complex arrangement decisions must be made during a most difficult time, and the cost of funeral services plays a large role in this planning process. Not surprisingly, most people are under the impression that funeral services cost than they really do. How much does […]

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Helpful Tips for Grieving Men

Dealing with the loss of a loved one takes a lot out of everyone. It’s why Farenga Funeral Home is here – to help hurting families in Greater Queens plan funeral services, giving them the time they need to grieve their loss. Experts also agree that the very act of planning a meaningful funeral service, […]

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The Top 5 Things To Do This Summer in Greater Queens

At Farenga Funeral Home, we have been a part of Greater Queens for decades. We’re the funeral home our neighbors know and trust. Our owner, Gus Antonopolous, was born and raised right here in Astoria, and our roots couldn’t go any deeper here. We love New York City as much as you do, and we […]

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Memorial Day Remembrance

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

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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