A slew of new picture books will help parents explain the hardest subject of all
Bob Morris, author of the new memoir Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents, has created an online museum for your parents’ things—and he wants your submissions.
Amending the Jewish take on organ and whole body donation
During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful
Returning our deceased to the soil honors the injunction for a proper burial—and keeps us mindful of the life cycle of which we’re a part
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
When celebrities die, tributes flood social media—and I can’t help but ‘dislike’
Two Jewish women launched Modern Loss to help twenty- and thirtysomethings start a new conversation about struggling with grief
Kids’ fascination with the undead goes far beyond one holiday, but it’s a perfect time to talk about Jewish traditions around death
After my brother died, I was frozen with grief—until author Harold Kushner helped me rediscover community
When a mother succumbs to cancer in old age, and a father faces his own mortality, a son is reminded of the blessings of a good shiva
Diagnosed with cancer, my father decided to have his tongue removed. It’s an extreme treatment, but he’s always known how to make things work out.
Without ritual and prayer, grief for a lost loved one has no place to go. But can a convert to Judaism observe yahrzeit for a non-Jewish parent?
My father would chant Torah on Rosh Hashanah’s second day—the binding of Isaac. The holiday reminds me of him and his beloved Mahler symphonies.
Forget those sexy vampires and shirtless werewolves. Only zombies represent the Torah’s true teachings on life and death, reminding us that death is just a part of life.
Marking the first anniversary of his father’s death, a son reflects on the deceased’s once-powerful frame and how its legacy and memory continue to give him strength
This year Mother’s Day falls on the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day. For one motherless daughter, the coincidence brings up comparisons she can’t ignore.
A frigid winter, a sick dog, and an iPhone app called Pocket God prompt thoughts of John Calvin and an escape to the Caribbean. But can paradise make reality any less miserable?
Saying goodbye to Medium, the surprisingly Jewish television show that perfectly captured the realities of parenting, the depths of grief, and the joys of everyday life
A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually
Back when the Yiddish press relished covering suicides
A writer wonders which neighbor will hide him when the next genocide happens
Little people, big questions
Does telling children they’re hated make them mishear lyrics and, eventually, horde Viagra?
How to talk to kids about death, in Haiti and at home
From the archives: Trying to recall the exact moment my father told me he was dying
But will presented weird incentives for dad
‘Six Feet Under’ is in, day school’s out, and kashrut’s on the rise
Life and death, prison grub, and an exemplary Jewess
Misaskim shows up whenever Jewish bodies are involved