Death and Dying
Support at the End of Life
Rituals create stability and structure in our lives, bringing meaning to the highest moments and comfort to the darkest times in our lives. The Jewish rituals that guide us through death and dying and mourning ease us back into some semblance of normalcy in our lives. As we move from arranging a funeral to burying our loved one to shiva (the intense seven-day mourning period), through sh’loshim (the less intense thirty-day mourning period), to observing yahrzeit (the anniversary of a death), and yizkor (the four times a year memorial service), Judaism helps us find a balance in our lives between moving forward and remembering our loved ones.
Rabbi Saks and the Bet Ha’am community are here for you every step of the way. If you are contemplating your own death and need to speak with the rabbi, his door is open. If you are making advanced arrangements for your own funeral or the funeral of a loved one, we can connect you with those in the community to help make those plans. If you have experienced a loss, we will help you through the process. Our Caring Committee will assist you during the period of shiva and the weeks and months that follow. Please contact us if you need help during this difficult time.