Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

Alexandra Kathryn Mosca is the woman everyone wants to emulate. She is an original. A writer. A model. A taphophile. And a licensed funeral director. She writes about the funeral industry with a level of brutal honesty that the media seeks her out for, and profiles her colleagues in funeral service. In fact, some say “You haven’t made it in funeral service until you’ve been interviewed by Alexandra.” Her work has appeared in Newsday, the NY Daily News, The Saturday Evening Post, Next Avenue and more. Mosca is also the author of three books: Grave Undertakings (2003), Green-Wood Cemetery (2008), and Gardens of Stone (2016). 

About Me

Cemetery profiles have become one of my writing specialties. It was my career as a funeral director that sparked my interest in cemeteries, and exploring them has become one of my favorite pastimes. Cemeteries are places of peace, serenity, and tradition. They are also places of continued connection to our loved ones, to history, and to our community. What’s more, they contain a wealth of untold stories; stories I have told –and continue to tell– through my writing. I have also served as a cemetery tour guide, and delight in introducing others to what I’ve learned in the cemetery.


My article in February’s ‘American Funeral Director’ addresses a troubling trend. That of inviting laypeople, with a morbid curiosity, to watch the inner workings of funeral service. 
Since I wrote my first book, many more books by funeral directors have come along. I’ve tried to read as many as possible and was happy to be asked to share my favorites with Shepherd readers. The books I chose are excellent reads for funeral directors, and those looking to become funeral directors.


In honor of Women’s History Month, my article, Five Women Who Are Making a Difference, is the cover story for March’s American Funeral Director.