Comforting the Mourner
Along with this blessing of life, we must endure the loss of death. As we age, it happens more frequently. The denial of the limit of our own lives becomes more real. This most challenging reality of life can be overwhelming and bewildering. We could use a map. I have created just such a map that helps in understanding that this process has a direction, and our Jewish traditions guide us in the navigation.
The book is light on words, and heavy on images. It describes the grief process through the first year in Jewish time as geographical way stations. The map shows not only the experiences of the mourner, but also the whereabouts of the soul. It is meant to comfort the mourner and to illustrate the wisdom of our tradition.