Articles

Midlife Reflections on Posing Nude for Playboy betterafter50.com, July 15, 2019 

Let’s Keep the Funeral Tradition Alive The Saturday Evening Post, Jan./Feb. 2018

One of the most important articles I’ve ever written on funeral service.

The Reinvention of a Proud Soldier,Legiontown, November 14, 2014

Be Our Guest: Cremations are an important custom for Indians, creating a growth industry in the city NY Daily News, February 4, 2013

Trade Secrets of a Mortician (Funeral Director) AOL Jobs, March 25, 2011

Of the many questions asked of me in my more than 25 years as a funeral director, there is one that is asked most: Why are funerals so expensive?

Confessions of a Mortician (Funeral Director) AOL Jobs, February 4, 2011

Wherever I go, people ask me what it’s like to work as a funeral director. I tell them it is not an easy career, particularly given the emotional component of the work. As funeral directors, we deal with issues of mortality — our own as well as those of our clients — on a daily basis. We also work long hours in a field where, contrary to public perception, the pay is not commensurate with the work we do. Still, the intangible rewards are many in a career I see as being a sacred trust.

Sixty and Me      Sixty and Me Contributor Badge (1)

CREMATION 101: WHAT DO YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THAT FUNERAL

REMEMBER THESE 8 USEFUL TIPS WHEN DONATING AFTER A LOVED ONE DIES

HOW TO WRITE CONDOLENCE NOTES: 8 TIPS THAT MIGHT COME IN HANDY

6 IMPORTANT FACTS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE FUNERAL OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

AGING, AMBITION, AND LATE BLOOMERS: THE GOALS THAT PUSH US ONWARD AFTER 60

3 MYTHS ABOUT GREEN BURIALS: A FUNERAL DIRECTOR’S PERSPECTIVE

8 IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ARRANGING A FUNERAL

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK AS A FUNERAL DIRECTOR

 

Buzzfeed

Funeral Directors Tell What It’s Really Like February 10, 2019

In 2003, I wrote my first book, Grave Undertakings, a memoir of my early career as a funeral director. At the time, there were few first-hand accounts of what it was like to work in the funeral business. Since that time, a number of my colleagues have followed suit. The following are some of my favorites in no particular order.

The Wonders of Woodlawn  May 20, 2018

New York City’s second largest cemetery — at just under 400 acres — was once the site of a Revolutionary War redoubt. Founded in 1863, Woodlawn’s first burial –of 28-year-old Phoebe Underhill–took place two years later. Since that time more than 300,000 people have joined her in final repose. Everyday New Yorkers share the meticulously manicured grounds with noted authors, inventors, journalists, showmen, politicians and the occasional Robber Baron. With its mix of simple steles, intricate sculpture, and elaborate family mausoleums, Woodlawn, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, is an architectural smorgasbord. Here are some of the sights that will enthrall.

Lords Of Retail  February 1, 2017

With a mix of business acumen and hard work, these American retailers built their own merchandising empires. These establishments range from the modest offerings of a five-and-dime store, to the splendor of a luxurious jeweler. While these well-known merchants are long gone, their legacies live on. Their graves can be found in some of New York’s most famous cemeteries: Green-Wood, Woodlawn, Kensico and Salem Fields.

Godfather Graves November 24, 2016

Although the heyday of the mafia is long past, the graves of major mobsters continue to be a big draw. The burial spots are found in major cemeteries in New York City, which has been the center point of the Mafia in American history.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery  October 25, 2016

Published in 1820, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow holds a prominent place in American folklore. The tale of the headless horseman will forever be associated with Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. While tourists flock to the historic graveyard year round, the changing colors of fall herald in its prime seasonal attraction: Halloween. If you are planning a visit to the storied Westchester County, New York graveyard here’s a sampling of what to see.

Green-Wood Cemetery’s 12 “Must See” Monuments  February 16, 2015

As a funeral director and avid taphophile (one who is interested in the history and architecture found in cemeteries), I have seen more than my fair share of burial grounds. Over the years, I have written profiles about a number of notable cemeteries for “American Cemetery Magazine.” One in particular, Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, has continuously grabbed my attention. In 2008, I wrote a book about this National Historic Landmark. The famous names read like a Who’s Who of America: Currier and Ives, Steinway, Tiffany, Greeley, Sperry, Morse, Bernstein, Squibb, Pfizer, and FAO Schwarz. Yet, they comprise only a tiny fraction of the almost 600,000 people interred there. At 478 acres, Green-Wood is the largest cemetery in New York City. A visitor could spend weeks roaming its beautiful grounds and still not see it all. For a person with limited time to tour Green-Wood, here are a dozen monuments not to be missed.

 

Kates-Boylston Publications 

An Old-School Funeral Director With a Young Face  American Funeral Director, September 2019

Tragic Women of Green-Wood Cemetery American Cemetery & Cremation, May 2019

Lt. Tony Giorgio, Leader of the Band American Funeral Director, February 2019

A Night to Memorialize  American Cemetery & Cremation, April 2018

Funerals, Faith & Facing Fear American Funeral Director, December 2017

The Splendor of Moravian Cemetery American Cemetery & Cremation, May 2017

One Final Salute American Funeral Director, April 2017

Celebrated & Spectacular American Cemetery & Cremation, July 2016

A Man of Law American Funeral Director, May 2016

Shop ‘Til You Drop American Cemetery & Cremation, December 2015

Doris Amen: The Real Deal American Funeral Director, October 2015

A Giant Among Men American Funeral Director, August 2015

Celebrating Mario Cuomo American Funeral Director, March 2015

Mourners Honor Joan Rivers American Funeral Director, December 2014

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery American Cemetery, October 2014

An Undying Passion American Funeral Director August 2014

Making the Right Choices American Funeral Director, March 2014

Holy Cross Cemetery American Cemetery, February 2014

Ed Koch 1930-2013 American Funeral Director, August 2013

Moments in Time American Cemetery, June 2013

Spotlight: Women in Funeral Service American Funeral Director, February 2013

Where’s Dick Clark? American Funeral Director, September 2012

When You Are Not Called to Serve American Funeral Director, July 2012

Salem Fields Forever American Cemetery, March 2012

Green-Wood American Funeral Director, December 2010

Powerhouse Newspaper Publishers, American Funeral October 2010

Queen of Salsa, American Funeral Director, May 2010

The Life and Death of David O. Selznick, American Funeral Director, July 2008

Vivien Leigh, American Funeral Director, June 2006

Oakland Cemetery, American Cemetery, September 2005

Hattie McDaniel -A Woman of Many Firsts, American Funeral Director, May 2004

The Life, Death & Funeral of Margaret Mitchell, American Funeral Director, March 2004

The Funeral of John Gotti, American Funeral Director, December 2002

Gate of Heaven Cemetery, American Cemetery, April 2002

Marilyn Monroe, American Funeral Director, July 2001

The Death & Enduring Legacy of Eva Peron, American Funeral Director, January 2001

Funerals of the Infamous, American Funeral Director

Her Story, American Funeral Director, American Funeral Director, May 1998

The Director 

Standout Women Reflect, October 2017

Using Social Media Wisely, March 2014

 

Newsday

Quiet Community, Joyous EasterApril 26, 2003

Life in His Lens, August 11, 2001

On Higher Ground

The Enemy at Home

They Feel Welcomed 

CUNY is Lending a Hand

The Language of Grief