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The Parental Grief blog offers comfort to those mourning the death of an adult child from the perspective of Jewish religious belief. Concepts such as the definition of the soul, the soul’s journey through life, what happens to the soul after death, and life in the spiritual world are elucidated from the insights of Rabbis and Torah sages. It is my hope that the knowledge and eventual internalization of these concepts will lessen the feelings of despair, anger, and guilt which we may feel after the passing of a child. 

This blog is in loving memory of Jacob Roth (Yaakov Ephraim ben Tuvia Henoch)

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