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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“We can envision this world and beyond as havens of peace”
landscape of pink-tinted mountains with person standing and sky above with one cloud on the right side
“Whatever is being born / In the darkened seed / Of Mar Heshvan / Is welcomed”
autumn forest with path between trees and waning light
“Blessed burning of yahrzeit candle’
lit candle, thick and white, next to white petal on wood table against black background
“My mother was at peace, so I could be at peace.”
closeup of elderly woman's hands being held by younger person's hands, both light-skinned
“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?”
black and white photo of drooping white flowers
“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

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