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?It is hard to work through one?s grief when there are so many cover-ups and so many different kinds of denial at work within the culture. And that is why this book is of so much importance. Anne Brener has crafted a walkway through the valley of the shadow of death. The walkway has thorns and bramble bushes on it but it leads to the other side, beyond grief, for those who are willing to stay the course.
Keep this book for time of need and do the grief-work in which it instructs us and you will see that this long...
“It is hard to work through one’s grief when there are so many cover-ups and so many different kinds of denial at work within the culture. And that is why this book is of so much importance. Anne Brener has crafted a walkway through the valley of the shadow of death. The walkway has thorns and bramble bushes on it but it leads to the other side, beyond grief, for those who are willing to stay the course.
Keep this book for time of need and do the grief-work in which it instructs us and you will see that this long and wise heritage of ours still has the power to speak, to heal and to comfort—even in our time.”
—from the Foreword by Rabbi Jack Riemer
For those who mourn a death, for those who would help them and for those who face a loss of any kind, Mourning & Mitzvah teaches you the power and strength available to you in the fully experienced mourning process.
When the temple stood in the ancient city of Jerusalem, mourners walked through the gates and into the courtyard along a specifically designated mourner’s path.
As they walked, they came face to face with all the other members of the community, who greeted them with the ancestor of the blessing, “May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.” In this way, the community embraced those suffering bereavement, yet allowed for unique experiences of grief.
In this new and expanded edition of a modern classic, Anne Brener brings us an innovative integration of Jewish tradition and modern professional resources. It gives spiritual insight and healing wisdom to those in our own time who mourn a death, to those who would help them and to those who face a loss of any kind.
|List of Exercises|
|Kaddish de'Rabbanan: In Appreciation|
|Introduction to the Second Edition|
|Preface: My Time to Mourn; My Time to Dance||1|
|Timeline: The Major Phases of the Jewish Year of Mourning||7|
|Pt. I||Tzimtzum: Contraction|
|1||Avelut (Mourning): The Mourner's Path||10|
|2||Hesped (Eulogy) and Truthtelling: Mourning as a Process||20|
|3||Mekom Hanekhama: Finding a Place of Comfort||32|
|4||B'tzelim Elohim (In God's Image): Before Covering the Mirror||42|
|5||The Shekhinah (God's Presence) at the Bedside: Remembering the Illness and the Death||58|
|6||Aninut (from Death to Burial): Suspended between Two Worlds||72|
|7||Shiva (First Seven Days of Mourning): A Community Embrace||86|
|Pt. II||Shevirat Kelim: The Breaking of Vessels|
|8||Keriah (Tearing of Cloth After Hearing News of the Death) and Deep Feelings: Rending the Garment to Expose the Heart||108|
|9||Keriah and Kaddish (The Mourner's Prayer): Keeping the Conversation Going to Heal the Hurt||134|
|10||Keriah and Prayer: Speaking Out from the Distress of Your Soul||152|
|Pt. III||Tikkun: Healing|
|11||Immortality in Olam Hazeh: Living On in the World of the Living||174|
|12||Olam Haneshamot: Immortality in the Next World: A Walk through the World of Souls||190|
|13||Matzevah (Monument of Tombstone): The unveiling: Raising the Curtain on the Rest of Your Life||204|
|14||Yizkor (Memorial Prayer), Yahrzeit (Anniversary of the Death), and the Cycle of Seasons||214|
|15||Shalom: Hello, Goodbye, and Peace||230|
|16||Those Who Say "Amen": How to Comfort the Bereaved||237|
|Books of Consult for Further Help||256|
|About Jewish Lights||260|
Posted March 8, 2010
Anne Brener's book is a must for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. She uses wisdom in devising tasks to help those in mourning to move through the various stages and keep memories alive and honoring the deceased. If a bereavement group is not an option, Ms. Brenner's text is the next best thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2010
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