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The following articles have been collected from various websites and other resources. These pieces can be helpful in guiding bereaved parents, their family, friends and community.

Conversation in the Womb

One of the most venerable rabbis of the past hundred years was Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tucazinsky. He lived the majority ...
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15 Lessons from Shiva

15 Lessons from Shiva

It was 4 a.m. when the call came, but we slept through it. Then it came again at 5:45 a.m ...
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Rabbi Lamm: Shiva and Mourning

Rabbi Lamm: Shiva and Mourning

Judaism, with its long history of dealing with the soul of man, its intimate knowledge of man's achievements and foibles, ...
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The Stages of Jewish Mourning: A Practical Guide

The Stages of Jewish Mourning: A Practical Guide

Judaism provides a beautiful, structured approach to mourning that involves three stages. When followed carefully, these stages guide mourners through ...
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Our Shiva Experience

Our Shiva Experience

“Better to go to a house of mourning than a house of joy.” Ecclesiastes It is a big mitzvah to ...
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A Practical Guide to Paying A Shiva Call

A Practical Guide to Paying A Shiva Call

When one pays a shiva call, the focus is on comforting the mourners in their time of greatest grief. Traditionally, ...
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ABCs of Death & Mourning

ABCs of Death & Mourning

Judaism provides a beautiful, structured approach to mourning that involves three stages. When followed carefully, these stages guide mourners through ...
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“How are You, Racheli?”: A Poignant Interview with Racheli Frankel

“How are You, Racheli?”: A Poignant Interview with Racheli Frankel

At the beginning of the year, a strange dog suddenly appeared at the Frankel home. Racheli remembers that the veterinarian ...
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Mournful

Mournful

I had a family. Four beautiful children, two boys, two girls. An open home filled with guests all the time ...
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Birthday for the Bereaved

Birthday for the Bereaved

You may have heard of my son Koby. In May, he and a friend were brutally murdered a half-mile from ...
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Strength and Hope after Miscarriage and Stillbirth: One Woman's Journey

Strength and Hope after Miscarriage and Stillbirth: One Woman’s Journey

Only in the movies? I used to watch a certain soap opera. A whole week could go by and nothing ...
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Pregnancy and Loss

Pregnancy and Loss

Dear Rebbetzin, My precious daughter carried a perfect little 'angel' for exactly nine months. Two days after due date, she ...
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Doni’s Life and Loss

Doni’s Life and Loss

I always thought my pack of six children was a lot, until I saw the older five clinging to each ...
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Touching the World of Angels

Touching the World of Angels

What can anyone say when a baby dies in her crib without warning just 76 days after she was born? ...
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The Soul - Aryeh Kaplan

The Soul – Aryeh Kaplan

One of the foundations of our faith is the belief in the immortality of the soul, and in life after ...
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What is ‘Found Family’?

What is ‘Found Family’?

This morning we held a workshop on coping with loss. I know, it’s a very broad topic, but we planned ...
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This Is What Social Isolation Looks Like

This Is What Social Isolation Looks Like

It’s winter.  It’s cold.  It’s dark.  I’ve been socially isolating.  There, I said it. I’m guessing I might not be ...
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Remembering Abi: How Lucy Hone lives with the loss of her daughter  video

Remembering Abi: How Lucy Hone lives with the loss of her daughter video

This isn't the first piece I've written. I used to contribute on a variety of topics that, for one reason ...
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Yizkor: A four part guide

Yizkor: A four part guide

For many people, Yizkor, is the number one reason why they attend synagogue on Yom Kippur. The word yizkor literally means to remember, ...
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Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

Although many of us are able to speak frankly about death, we still have a lot to learn about dealing ...
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Nichum Aveilim: Comforting the Mourners

Nichum Aveilim: Comforting the Mourners

As some of the readers may know, our family lost our beloved son, Eric Eliezer Levenson (z”l), a year and ...
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Passing over a son’s passing

Passing over a son’s passing

Fifteen months since my son’s death, I have now navigated a complete calendar cycle of holidays. My journey since the ...
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How to Love Someone Who is Grieving Their Child

How to Love Someone Who is Grieving Their Child

When someone you love has experienced the loss of a child, it’s hard on everyone. They are engulfed in a ...
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6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent

6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent

If you’re a bereaved parent, you can probably count on at least five hands the number of phrases you wish ...
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How to Make a Tragic Shiva Call

How to Make a Tragic Shiva Call

Every shiva is hard, but some are harder than others. Recently, I went to the second kind of shiva: the shiva for our friend who ...
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Coping With Loss on the High Holidays

Coping With Loss on the High Holidays

These holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur can often be difficult days, especially for those who have suffered ...
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Praying After the Death of My Son. An open letter to Sheryl Sandberg.

Praying After the Death of My Son. An open letter to Sheryl Sandberg.

Dear Sheryl, Your new book Option B has opened the conversation for thousands about the way to respond to tragedy and heartache after ...
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The Shofar: A Mother's Cry

The Shofar: A Mother’s Cry

How many shofar blasts must be heard on Rosh Hashana? The search for the answer to this question led the ...
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Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven: A Thought for Tisha B’Av

Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven: A Thought for Tisha B’Av

When offering words of comfort to a mourner we reference the destruction of the Temple. The traditional invocation expresses our ...
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Visiting the Graves of Loved Ones Before Yom Kippur

Visiting the Graves of Loved Ones Before Yom Kippur

There is a meaningful custom of visiting the graves of our loved ones during the period surrounding Rosh Hashana and ...
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A Permanent Tear: On The Loss Of A Child

A Permanent Tear: On The Loss Of A Child

What does the Torah, our most sacred text, teach us about the traumatic and heart wrenching death: the loss of ...
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