By Tara Worthey Segal I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married. I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of […]
Our family has had a hard few weeks. Every day we open the news to a different headline about hatred and anger. Sometimes it feels as if the whole world has gone bonkers. To top it off, my significant other, Adrian, recently received a phone call from Mexico informing him that his mother is ill. Her diabetes […]
My Grandma Harriet died a few weeks ago, at the age of 95. She was beautiful, creative and could expertly apply her lipstick without a mirror. She was my favorite hug. She cooked up the yummiest tuna noodle casseroles and the tastiest matzah ball soup. She lived a long life full of family simchas (celebrations), […]
My Aunt just died. She had been sick, lived to be 88, and had a wonderful marriage of 62 years. One of the sweetest people I ever knew. Her dear husband is 96 and devastated. He is in excellent health and still drives. He keeps remarking, “who lives to be 96?” He bought a car […]
I couldn’t stop thinking about Connecticut, the 26 people killed, 20 of whom were children. My children are in elementary school. I was scared to tell them because I was afraid they’d never want to go to school, but with media everywhere and emotions so raw, they found out about the tragedy. I struggle with […]
After the author converted to Judaism, shared experiences and art helped her connect to her mother’s spirituality and, ultimately, led to a beautiful and moving funeral.
Each year on the anniversary of her father’s death, she feels the strength of the Jewish community supporting her through her grief
An explanation of who the official mourners are in the Jewish tradition.
Explanation of the Jewish prohibitions against embalming and cremation, and discussion of modern approaches to cremation.
A brief overview of how Jewish mourning changes one week, one month and one year after a loved one’s death.