Our NFTY community is here to support us in the best of times, and in the most challenging of times. As we continue our Living NFTY Initiative, we pause to learn about how we can help one another through times of grief and mourning. Take a moment to read through our resources on grief and mourning.
"Ha-makom yinakhem et-khem betokh she-ar aveilei tziyon veyerushalayim. May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem"
- Traditional words said upon greeting a mourner
“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.”
- Henry David Thoreau
In modern America, you’re not supposed to cry, you have to be strong. But in traditional Jewish culture, crying is accepted and valued. It isn’t seen as a sign of pain- it’s a sign of healing and recovery.
-Phyllis Toback in Invisible Thread
Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
Living When A Loved One Has Died by Earl Grollman
Straight Talk about Death by Earl Grollman
Jewish Organizations and Resources
A Time to Grieve, a Time to Teach - The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism