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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
What to Know About Choosing a Cemetery
3 months ago

What to Know About Choosing a Cemetery

Recently, I arranged a funeral for the husband of a woman named Arlene. The couple did not have cemetery property. Nor had they discussed where they wanted to be buried. They were, in other words, like too many others who haven’t…
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Aging, Ambition, and Late Bloomers: The Goals that Push Us Onward After 60
4 months 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…
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Post Pandemic Funeral Service – Can We Find Some Normalcy?
8 months ago

Post Pandemic Funeral Service – Can We Find Some Normalcy?

As the winter of 2020 turned to spring, the death toll from Covid-19 seemed insurmountable. For funeral directors, it was the darkest and most challenging time we’ve ever faced. In an industry built on personal contact and…
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The Art of Giving a Eulogy – Share the Best Stories and Get Personal About It
12 months ago

The Art of Giving a Eulogy – Share the Best Stories and Get Personal About It

Over my long career as a funeral director I’ve heard more than my fair share of eulogies. In a sense, eulogies are like taking a scenic drive through a life…
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How to Write Condolence Notes: 8 Tips That Might Come in Handy
1 year 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…
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Can Long-Term Friendships Endure in Later Life?
1 year ago

Can Long-Term Friendships Endure in Later Life?

Our girlfriends see us through the best and worst of life. In times of heartbreak, failure, and success, they are there for us. We share each other’s innermost secrets and celebrate special times together…
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10 Creative Ways to Keep Funeral Costs Down
1 year ago

10 Creative Ways to Keep Funeral Costs Down

Funerals can be expensive. There’s no doubt about that. In 2017, the median cost of a funeral was listed as $7,360 on the National Funeral Directors Association’s website…
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Fashion to Die for: How to Choose Your Last Outfit or Burial Gown
1 year 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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