Category: Preparing for Death

Shelters: What If It's Not Enough?
By Heather Paul
October 10, 2017
This, I believe, is why the High Holidays are followed immediately by Sukkot, the Festival of Booths. Five days after we acknowledge mortality, Sukkot is a celebration of the temporary.
Design Your Own Ritual with a Little Help from a Rabbi
By Rabbi Kami Knapp
August 2, 2017
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.
Interview with By Your Side
By Ritualwell
August 8, 2016
As we enter the month of Av, which includes the holiday of Tisha b'Av, a day of mourning for communal tragedy, we are reminded of the power of ritual to sustain us during times of loss. However, for grieving families, the pain of loss can often make funeral planning challenging. In that spirit, we present an interview with Sharon Litvinsky and Jennifer Ross, founders of By Your Side, a funeral and memorial planning service in Princeton, NJ.
She is Pure
By Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky
July 15, 2014
My first Taharah, ritual purification, was a trial of courage for me. I stepped in with little preparation, and it was new to me.
Making Connections in Life's Final Moments
By Rabbi Natan Fenner
February 5, 2013
It is an incredible and humbling privilege to sit with people who are dying. 

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