To Mourn Or Not To Mourn?

A New Chapter In Grief And Mourning I’m in the middle of the second year of my son’s passing. Until now, I thought about Jacob constantly. From the time I awoke in the morning until the time I went to bed at night, my thoughts were on him. Now, for some reason, I don’t think... Continue Reading →

Poetry of Grief

Some Day, One Day (Inspired by the lyrics from the song One Day by Matisyahu) Sometimes in my tears I drownBut I pray it doesn’t get me downSo when negativity surroundsI know some day it'll all turn around because All my life I've been waiting forI've been praying forMashiach to come and stayThere’ll be no... Continue Reading →

Life In the Afterlife

What Exactly is the Afterlife and What Happens There? One of the basic tenets of Judaism is belief in an afterlife. In brief, the journey goes like this: our soul first lives a life in the heavenly realms. It's then placed into a body in this world. After an allotted amount of time, the soul... Continue Reading →

Does G-d Create Good and Bad?

After Losing My Child, I Have to Ask This Painful Question About Death and Dying I never thought about death so much until my son died. Death. The word invokes something bad and evil. It’s a word that's not easily defined. It’s something no one wants to discuss. However, when we do think about death... Continue Reading →

Running Away From Grief

Celebrating Shabbat With My Son Before Child Loss We had a pleasant and happy family Shabbat table before my son passed away. Before I lost my child, the Friday night Shabbat meal was always a special time for our family. When the kids were small, we looked forward to discussing the Torah portion of the... Continue Reading →

I Felt I Was Mourning Alone

Understanding Child Loss is Impossible for a Parent Who Has Never Experienced It After I lost my son, during the week of shiva people were coming to our home saying ‘May G-d comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem’. These are the traditional words of consolation said to Jewish mourners. But I would... Continue Reading →

Child Loss and Dealing with Guilt

I Felt Guilty When My Child Suddenly Died When I lost my son, the nagging feelings of guilt set in and made me more miserable than I already was. I thought to myself, ‘Was there something I could have done to prevent what happened?’.  Jacob, being a stoic young man, never complained about physical ailments.... Continue Reading →

Comfort After Losing A Child

A Chassidic Teaching From the Alter Rebbe - Seeing the Good How can there be 'good' in losing a child? Seeing the good in all that happens in life can be hard. Before I lost my son, I would always pray that he would get married and have a family. I prayed that his life... Continue Reading →

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