kimblanchard Posted March 13, 2005 Share Posted March 13, 2005 hi everyone...... i've been thinking more about my earlier post about wanting someone to take care of me for a while. i realized that not many people seemed to share my need or if they did, most felt it inappropriate for a grown woman. anyway, i was reading a book on orphaned adults and i read in it a section on the jewish way of mourning and i wished i was jewish! what a lovely way to mourn and be comforted by those around you. I quote from the book below: "Traditional jews observe 7 days of morning from the day of the funeral. On these days, the mourners remain home, while members of the community come to visit and express their condolences. Mourners sit on low benches or on the floor; they do not shave for the week; they wear a garment which they had torn on the day of the funeral. The mourners are thus immediately thrust into a situation where they are almost always surrrounded by people; where they are preoccupied with a great many details of jewish law and custom. These observances keep the mourner from falling into a deep depression. They reassure him of the love and concern of the community. The 7 day period of mourning gives the mourner the opportunity to gradually accept the reality of the death which has occured. Although the intense mourning period concludes on teh seventh day, there is a lesser mourning period for 30 days and a still lesser mournig period of one year...." I should have converted! Lori Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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