"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