Life Is Like The Broken Matzah of the Afikoman I heard an inspiring teaching by Rabbi Benzion Twerski of Milwaukee about the Passover afikoman. Even though Passover has come and gone for this year, I wanted to share this insight because it says something very powerful about how we view life. What Does the Word … Continue reading Post Passover Ponderings
Living In An Intense Stage Of Grief It’s been a bit more than two years since my son passed away at age 24. During that time I’ve gone through the gamut of grief - intense sadness, sadness, anger, depression, and overall agitation. Whereas the intense sadness, anger, and depression have subsided, at times I still … Continue reading Accepting Comfort After Child Loss
The Problem Of Trying To Parent My Child Beyond Childhood In my post Dealing with Guilt and Hashgacha Pratit, I discussed how G-d has a plan for me and orchestrates my every life event. I do what I can do within human limitations, but beyond that, it's up to Him. Grief over the death of … Continue reading Grief and the Parental Guilt Trip
A Life Story Cut Short My husband and I attend a support group for bereaved parents. All of us had a child who passed away as an adult. One person mentioned that it’s very painful to watch her child’s friends growing in their careers, getting married, and moving on with their lives. Memories of her … Continue reading Is My Son Frozen in Time?
Which Yahrzeit Should I Observe? The anniversary of a person’s passing on the Jewish calendar is called a yahrzeit. In Yiddish, yahrzeit means ‘year time’, and is the time once a year when Jewish people acknowledge their loved ones by lighting a candle, saying Kaddish in synagogue, performing mitzvot, and studying Torah. A yahrzeit is … Continue reading My Son is Having Two Yahrzeits This Year