‘Just 15 Minutes to Mourn’

‘Just 15 Minutes to Mourn’

A CNN report in mid-March on the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Brazilian population was strikingly sad, especially considering the rapidly increasing availability of vaccines. At one Rio de Janeiro cemetery – on the day of the report, March 22 – funerals were...
How Advanced Directives Ease Family Burdens

How Advanced Directives Ease Family Burdens

Over 60% of all U.S. deaths are due to either heart disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. In addition, more than 40% of Medicare enrollees over 65 years of age face physical or cognitive challenges. As each of us gets older, two truths...
What Will Happen the Day You Die?

What Will Happen the Day You Die?

Like every rabbi, I have attended to bereaved family members in almost every circumstance of death. Some deaths approach slowly and inevitably, like a train arriving across a plain with a distant horizon. Some deaths burst onto the scene like a balloon popping at...