Posts from the ‘Death’ category

Mourning, consolation and meditations on the journey home.

After a Sudden Death

This is a prayer of grief and loss after the sudden death of a dear one. See also: “Angel of Rest,” “Birthday No More” and “Hard…

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In Memoriam, Our Patriarch

This is a new memorial prayer for the family patriarch. The companion prayer, “In Memoriam, Our Matriarch,” will be posted in the next few weeks. In…

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Travel after an Unexpected Death

This is a prayer to be said upon traveling to attend a funeral after an unexpected death. The blank line is for inserting the name of the…

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Memorial for a Child, Even in Adar

This is a memorial prayer for grieving parents. On this day nine years ago, Rosh Chodesh Adar, the month in which joy is said to enter,…

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Death of a Horrible Relative

When family members die, we strive to remember the best moments of their lives. We must also recognize the complexity of mourning when a person has…

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On Lighting a Yizkor or Yartziet Candle

This is a simple new meditation, appropriate for both Yizkor and a Yartziet, to be said before or after lighting a memorial candle. The language is…

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Blessings Now a River: A Meditation on Death

This is a difficult meditation on facing death. It’s blunt yet loving in its message, but not necessarily for someone who’s suffered a recent loss. Then…

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Birthday, No More

Here’s a prayer to be said on the birthday of a deceased loved one. My sense of sorrow and loss return on the birth dates of my dad Jack…

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Hard Mournings

This is a prayer about the rhythm of mourning. Those first days – perhaps months or more – are often reminders of sorrow, emptiness and loneliness,…

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Angel of Rest

Here’s a short meditation on death, attempting to think differently about the classic image of the Angel of Death. Angel of Rest Then came The Angel…

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