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Mourning an Abusive Parent

How could I honor my father’s memory without denying how I felt about him? A ‘Yizkor’ prayer helped me find a way.

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Early Mourning

Saying kaddish for my father brought me into many minyans where I was the center of attention—even when I yearned for anonymity

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A Time To Mourn Without a Place to Pray

When I wanted to say kaddish for my mother, I found that my options as a woman were limited—and less than welcoming

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A Mother’s Kaddish: Mourning for My Son, From the Women’s Section

After my child died, I reconnected with God through prayer—which is the point of Kaddish, on both sides of the mechitza

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Kaddish With a Dead Celebrity

In a cemetery thousands of miles away, an unexpected host helped me reconnect with my lost friend

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The Last Kaddish

Mourning for my mother saw me through anger, doubt, and numbness—and brought me closer to her

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