While avoiding religion and politics may be a safe path to take at the Thanksgiving table this year, there is one issue that should be raised, but too often is not. That is making funeral arrangements in advance for family members. Maureen McGuinness is a family service manager for the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. She provides help to families who are planning their loved one’s funerals. Maureen McGuinness says it is not an easy topic to bring up, but it can begin with a simple talk.