Mourning & Bereavement

Traditional Jewish mourning and bereavement practices are designed to help us bear our grief. But sometimes we need something more: a poem that captures our imagination, a creative ritual that addresses the particularity of our grief, a song that speaks to our heart. May you find a measure of comfort in your time of need.

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“My mother was at peace, so I could be at peace.”
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“Blessed are those who couldn’t take the pain of living anymore”
person in silhouette looking out at foggy blue pink sky with tree in background
“It was on an island of death / That my mother / Visited me.”
person with backpack on standing outdoors looking out onto a misty sky with blurry landscape in the distance
“Why is it that I couldn’t know them more fully?”
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“It is a cosmic principle … the Eternal Mystery”
Hukat Olam
“It’s a wonder / How comfort arrives: / From what source?”
Death Takes a Seat Before She Takes to Flight
“We will return to you, / you will return to us.”
Not in This World or in the Next
“I want to know this: did God see you / trying as hard as you could / to live?”
In This Place
“You can’t bring them back, but you can learn their Torah”
You Can’t Bring Back the Dead
“Help us feel the companionship of families, friends, ancestors and the Divine Presence”
For Those Left Behind After a Suicide

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