By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Professional advice from a rabbi explaining why, traditionally, those in mourning cover the mirrors in their house while sitting shiva: so they won’t be distracted from their mourning with trivial things like appearences.
By Joyce Schwartz
Personal narrative in which Jew-by-choice mourned Jewishly for her Catholic father and her Jewish husband gave a eulogy at the Catholic service.
By Arlene Fine
News story about interfaith burial options in Cleveland, Ohio.
By Dr. Paula Brody
Professional advise for a sad convert whose mother died and who feels all alone in mourning her as a Jew.
By Marlena Thompson
Personal narrative from a woman who once served as Judaic Studies department head of a Jewish day school, but after her Catholic husband’s death used only Catholic rituals, including dressing as Santa Claus and singing Amazing Grace at his funeral,
By Terry McGrath
Personal narrative from a non-Jewish man who teaches a course on intermarriage to Jews and hears lots of concerns from Jewish grandparents about where their non-Jewish children-in-law will be buried.
Explanation of Jewish approach to coffins and open casket funerals.
By Edie Mueller
Personal narrative of a Jewish woman’s appreciation for her non-Jewish mother-in-law, and her thoughts on the differences between Jewish (tense) and Catholic (joyful) funeral and mourning customs.
By Johanna Karasik
Personal narrative from a Jewish woman about the death of her Catholic grandmother and her funeral at a cathedral.
By Sue Fishkoff
News article on interfaith burial at Jewish cemeteries throughout the country.