After Abraham Rogarshevsky passed away in July 1918, the Congregation Sons of Telsh, which was the family's landsmanshaft or mutual aid society provided his family with both practical and spiritual support. Members of the society's chevra kaddisha, or "holy society" prepared Abraham's body for burial and arranged for it to be transported by the undertaker, Abraham Gutterman to a plot in Mount Zion Cemetery, located in Maspeth, Queens.  

"[In China,] you see the coffin sometimes right in front of the house. That's supposed to be there for seven days, and then, it's for the relatives to pay and the family and friends to pay respect. People will sit around the coffin in their mourning outfit, all made with rough muslin. And um, um, made with heavy, uh, light beige color of linen, like in the old days when I wanted to wear that kind of material, my mother would scold me, 'You should never wear that.'   And yet it's high fashion in the Western world. It is cool, linen in the summer.   But the raw linen is a death, mourning outfit in China.

Actually the body is supposed to be buried in special kind of clothes. We call it 'longevity clothes'. Some funeral home will make it for you, very special. Some people just like to be buried within the, their favorite clothes.

Everybody wants to be buried at home.  But then again, nowadays, where is home? I really think, wherever you are should be your home.  I mean, for me, sure, I was born in the Mainland, I grew up in Taiwan and Hong Kong, now I make New York my home.  So when I'm dead I don't know where I wanted to be buried."