A Time for Weeping, A Time for Healing
One of the ritual areas about which American Jews are least knowledgeable is death and mourning. Many-- perhaps most--Jews celebrate birth, coming of age, and marriage in the context of Jewish tradition. But death is more often observed the American way than the Jewish way. Not only does this abandoning of Jewish practice diminish the dignity and meaning of the rites of closure, it also denies the mourners rich opportunities for consolation.
With hospice care for the terminally ill becoming more common, many people will find themselves present at the moment of death. Overwhelmed by the loss and sorely in need of expressing both grief and love, persons not schooled in Jewish patterns of behavior will not know what to do when death occurs. But those who are familiar with Jewish attitudes toward death and with____________________