Chazak chazak v’nitchazek
May we all move forward from strength to strength so that we all may be strengthened by each other.
The death of a loved one reminds Jewish community members of the positive obligation to honor and lay to rest the deceased family member with affirmation of the quality of the person’s life. Rabbi Mitch officiates at funerals for clients, their immediate family, friends and loved ones. We celebrate the life of a loved one with a dignified memorial or funeral service that gives voice to our grief with honesty and avoids euphemisms and messages of false comfort.
There can be no greater deed or mitzvah than caring for the dying, assisting them to achieve a dignified death, and then celebrating their life with a meaningful ceremony of tribute. Some deaths, of course, are sudden and tragic. That is when we especially need to come together as a community to give comfort and strength to our friends and family in their time of grief. When a loved one dies, Judaism offers prayers and rituals to bring you comfort and strength.
This is also a time when the “ethics of words” is particularly precious to us. As many of today’s cultural Jews, we choose language to use at our funeral and memorial services that avoids euphemisms, platitudes, and messages of false comfort. Instead, we speak honestly of the circumstances and of our loss and pain. We talk of the goodness and good deeds of our deceased loved one. We also don’t shy away from acknowledging blemishes and rough edges that paint an honest portrait of the one who has died. In addition to Rabbi Mitch, family members or close friends often share reflections at a funeral or memorial service.
Rabbi Mitch works with families to facilitate details, such as the funeral home, cemetery, transportation and other needs. Grief counseling is available to support individuals through bereavement counseling, pre-planning needs for funerals and other aspects of death and mourning.
Other Life Passages: Birth, bar mitzvah, marriage, divorce, and death–the standard Jewish lifecycle events–miss a host of significant psychological moments in the life of a human being. As a result, Jews over the past few decades have been creating new rituals and ceremonies to recognize previously ignored life passages like pregnancy, miscarriage, coming out, and aging. Each ceremony uses Jewish texts and music to express a life passage’s meaning and the emotions it evokes.
Rabbi Mitch Feld is available for one on one, or family counseling. If you or your loved one(s) need someone with vast experience and the sensitivity necessary to help overcome or understand life situations, please contact Rabbi Mitch to set up a meeting.
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