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Read moreAbout the AuthorMichael W. Hall is a senior writer at NBC News.

Follow him on Twitter: @michaelmhallPhoto by Roberta M. Hernandez/Getty Images”The funeral is a very personal event, and for me, it was important to remember that I wasn’t going to be cremated.

I wasn’ t going to leave a body.

So, I was like, ‘I’m not going to get that cremated,’ ” she said.

“I was like that for a while.

I had a very good experience in terms of getting to that point.”

After a long and painful transition, the mother of three, who had a successful career in communications, is now living in Los Angeles with her three children.

Her funeral will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, in St. John’s Cemetery in New York City.

“I’m really happy to be here.

I feel like I have so much more going on than just my funeral,” she said in an interview.

“It was a big, big step for me.

It was a huge transition for me in terms the way I’ve lived my life, the amount of time I’ve been doing.

I felt really comfortable in my new place.”

The funeral service will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct 15, at St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan.