Mourning: Jewish Mourning is Radical

Jewish Mourning is Radical

Counter to American culture, Jewish tradition urges us to face death, acknowledge loss, make time and space for grieving, and to do all this with the support of community. The mourning practices guide a bereaved person through this profound change, urging them to stay connected, dedicating time for honoring the deceased person, learning how to live with their physical absence, and meditating on how to make their memory a blessing. While each individual’s grief has its own unique evolution, these practices offer a malleable container for holding varying experiences and expressions of grief.