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About Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

Alexandra Kathryn Mosca has worked as a funeral director in New York for more than 35 years. She is the author of three books: Grave Undertakings, Green-Wood Cemetery and Gardens of Stone and has contributed articles to Newsday, New York Daily News, The Saturday Evening Post and funeral industry publications. Visit her website here http://www.alexandramosca.com
Latest Posts | By Alexandra Kathryn Mosca
Fashion to Die for: How to Choose Your Last Outfit or Burial Gown
1 month ago

Fashion to Die for: How to Choose Your Last Outfit or Burial Gown

Have you ever uttered the words, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in that outfit!?” Well, you just might be –literally speaking – if you leave it to your family to decide what you’ll wear…
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Cremation 101: What Do You Really Need to Know About That Funeral
3 months ago

Cremation 101: What Do You Really Need to Know About That Funeral

There is no aspect of funeral service as misunderstood as cremation. The biggest misconception is that cremation precludes any and all funeral services. Nothing could be further from the truth…

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Remember These 8 Useful Tips When Donating After a Loved One Dies
7 months ago

Remember These 8 Useful Tips When Donating After a Loved One Dies

After a loved one dies and the funeral is over, you may think the worst is at an end. Then come the many practical matters: settling the estate, filing for life insurance benefits, transferring deeds and titles…
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How to Write Condolence Notes: 8 Tips That Might Come in Handy
10 months ago

How to Write Condolence Notes: 8 Tips That Might Come in Handy

I recently poured out my heart to a colleague about my guilt at two condolence notes left unwritten. One note was intended for a colleague whose sister had died, though I’d heard about the death long after the funeral had taken place. Read More

6 Important Facts We Can Learn from the Funeral of President George H.W. Bush
11 months ago

6 Important Facts We Can Learn from the Funeral of President George H.W. Bush

Some insist that traditional funerals are a thing of the past. But the funeral of President George H. W. Bush showed the world otherwise. Read More

Aging, Ambition, and Late Bloomers: The Goals that Push Us Onward After 60
1 year ago

Aging, Ambition, and Late Bloomers: The Goals that Push Us Onward After 60

Ambition has been defined as “a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.” And while ambition does not take you on a straight path in life, it can take you on a journey you never thought possible. Read More

3 Myths About Green Burials: A Funeral Director’s Perspective
1 year ago

3 Myths About Green Burials: A Funeral Director’s Perspective

In funeral parlance, ‘green burial’ may be the most hyped phrase around. References to this ‘new’ and seemingly popular type of disposition seem to be everywhere these days, particularly in the press. And since we, or a loved one, may be headed in that direction, we might have looked up the subject. Read More

8 Important Things You Need to Know About Arranging a Funeral
1 year ago

8 Important Things You Need to Know About Arranging a Funeral

Arranging a funeral is something we will likely all have to deal with at some point. The better prepared we are in advance, the easier it will be when the time comes. Here are some useful tips to help guide you. Read More

What it’s Like to Work as a Funeral Director
1 year ago

What it’s Like to Work as a Funeral Director

“What’s it like to work as a funeral director?” This is a question I’ve been asked time and again. My response: It’s not easy, given the complex emotions involved. It takes enormous commitment and dedication, along with a compassionate nature and respect for tradition and ceremony. Read More