Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Shelley Craig, Program Director, Faith & Grief, Discusses Support After Death of a Loved One

Shelley Craig, program director of Faith & Grief, discusses the organization’s mission to provide opportunities for comfort and hope to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. [Read more…]

JSA in the News

Rabbi Address is guest on the Faith & Grief Podcast

Rabbi Address is the guest on episode 17 of the Faith & Grief podcast, produced by Faith Presbyterian Hospice and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, in Dallas, Texas. The Faith & Grief Podcast explores the intersection of faith & grief.  [Read more…]

Kobe Bryant, in a Dec. 13, 2014 game against the Washington Wizards. (Alexandra Walt Photo/ public domain photo)

Sudden Death

“No matter how old we are, no matter how much experience we have had with death, it is sudden death that some people feel hits us the hardest,” writes Rabbi Stephen Karol about the untimely death of basketball great Kobe Bryant and eight others in a helicopter crash Jan. 26. [Read more…]

"Day 39," by Luciano Belviso, via under Creative Commons 2.0 license.
Reflections on Aging

Writing Your Way Through Grief

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Joan Zlotnick, a retired English professor. I imagine that many of you who have come to this site are caregivers experiencing anticipatory grief or have recently been bereaved. [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Yom Kippur and the Tradition of Remembering Souls on the Other Side

Editor’s Note: This commentary is adapted from Rabbi Raphael’s April 1, 2015 article in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. On Yom Kippur, it is traditional to recite Yizkor prayers in memory of deceased loved ones. The [Read more…]

Rabbi Simcha Paull Raphael chatted with Rabbi Address on Jewish Sacred Aging TV.

Recommended book: The Grief Journey and the Afterlife: Jewish Pastoral Care for Bereavement

This book synthesizes an understanding of traditional Jewish rituals of death and mourning, with contemporary psychological perspectives on grief and bereavement. In addition, Simcha Paull Raphael integrates the traditional understanding of Jewish mourning rituals with [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Reaching out to others can be profound and meaningful

I vividly remember that September night in 1987. We had left the hospital earlier that evening knowing that the end was near.  The hospital called a few hours later to let us know it had [Read more…]