A year ago, I skipped Thanksgiving. I didn’t realize I’d never see my father again.
Shabbat candles at havdalah and havdalah candles to commemorate death. It’s all wrong.
Saying kaddish for my father brought me into many minyans where I was the center of attention—even when I yearned for anonymity
When the start of Sukkot delays a funeral for days and means there can be no shiva, it shakes a mourner’s foundations
A son must face the daunting task of writing the epitaph for his father’s headstone
Through podcasts, books, and even dinner parties, millennials are exploring their feelings about the end of life. Now, please pass the potatoes.
Ep. 141: JCC Krakow director Jonathan Ornstein on rebuilding Jewish life in Poland; Modern Loss founders Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer on what not to send to someone in mourning
Seeing his teacher mourn for her murdered brother chipped away at my boy’s innocence, but it also carved open a window
Ours was never the traditional Jewish family. When my father passed away, a strange new question arose: How does one mourn?
A father’s story
When Alan Rickman died, social media blew up with mini lamentations for the widely beloved actor. But the moment produced great ambivalence within me.
When my dachshund Ginger died, I went to services to mourn—and it gave me a new appreciation for Judaism
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg opens up about the loss of her husband
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 holiday gives us permission to mourn for many things, personal and communal, that we avoid discussing the rest of the year