Judaism provides us with a clear set of traditions for honoring the loss of your parents.
We all mourn in different ways and for all different types of people. Our tradition does not limit our ability to mourn, rather encourages us all to find ways to deal with death, how we need to deal with death. And for each of us and with each loss, we do not need an agenda or reason to cry. We should not need to explain ourselves. Mourning is as controllable as the death itself and all are deserving of the time to heal.
My mom’s been attending funerals for people she’s only tangentially connected to and it has me thinking about comforting mourners. Here’s your chance to dish.
No one tells you that sitting shiva is so food-heavy. But then again, we’re Jewish, so how could it not be?