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Navigating Thanksgiving Grief: Coping with Loss During the Holidays

The holiday season is traditionally a time for joy, festivities, and togetherness. However, for those who are grieving, it can be an incredibly challenging and emotionally charged period. Coping with loss during the holidays requires a unique set of strategies and a compassionate approach to self-care. Below are a few...

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The Ten Benefits of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Death is an inevitable part of life, but it is often a topic many prefer to avoid discussing. However, pre-planning your funeral proves to be a responsible and thoughtful way to ensure your final wishes are met while alleviating the burden on your loved ones during a challenging time. Read...

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Understanding Yahrzeit and the Tradition of Candle Lighting

In Jewish tradition, the observance of Yahrzeit and the act of candle lighting holds significant cultural and spiritual importance. These practices offer an opportunity to remember and honor the memory of loved ones who have passed away. In this blog, we will delve into the meaning of Yahrzeit and the...

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Affordable and Convenient: Long Island Direct Cremation Services

In recent years, the popularity of cremation as an alternative to traditional burial has been steadily increasing. Long Island residents are no exception, seeking affordable and convenient options that align with their preferences. Direct cremation services on Long Island have emerged as a practical choice, offering an economical and straight-forward...

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The Tradition of Sitting Shiva: A Window into Jewish Mourning

When someone in the Jewish community passes away, family and friends often gather to offer support and remember the departed. One of the most significant customs associated with Jewish mourning is “sitting shiva.” Sitting shiva is a practice that provides comfort and solace to the bereaved, allowing them to navigate...

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Dispelling Myths: Can You Be Buried in a Jewish Cemetery with Tattoos?

As a Jewish Funeral Director deeply involved in community service, I often find myself addressing 7th-grade classes at local Hebrew schools. The topic at hand is the Jewish Life Cycle, and invariably, one of the most pressing questions from students revolves around a common misconception: “Can you still be buried...

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Embracing Tradition: A Guide to Jewish Funeral Customs

In the tapestry of Jewish life, Jewish funeral traditions hold a sacred place, providing a framework for honoring the departed and offering solace to the bereaved. Rooted in ancient rituals and religious teachings, Jewish funeral customs reflect a deep respect for the sanctity of life and the journey beyond. In...

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Navigating the Path of Grief: Finding Healing Beyond the Funeral

The period following a funeral is often marked by a profound sense of loss and the complex emotions that accompany grief. As we grapple with the reality of a loved one’s passing, it becomes crucial to navigate the journey of grief with compassion, self-awareness, and a recognition that healing is...

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Jewish Funeral Service Brooklyn

Funerals are solemn occasions that vary across cultures, each infused with unique traditions and rituals. When it comes to Jewish funeral services in Brooklyn, the rich tapestry of customs and practices reflects a deep-seated respect for both the departed and their heritage. Introduction In the heart of Brooklyn, Jewish funeral...

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Death and Mourning During Jewish Holidays

Mourning practices in Judaism are important yet extensive, and it can be confusing to understand just how to conduct oneself in order to observe the mourning rituals during the times of holidays and festivals. Since preparing for funerals and mourning happens very quickly in the Jewish faith, providing these basic...

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Can you be buried in a Jewish Cemetery with a tattoo?

As a Jewish Funeral Director who volunteers to help in the community, I am often asked to present in front of 7th-grade classes at local Hebrew schools. 7th grade is the time when the Jewish Life Cycle is taught, and I am often tasked with explaining the Jewish views on...

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On the Practicality of Pre-Planning Funerals

Planning birthdays and vacations take time, but they’re also more enjoyable to plan because they’re enjoyable occasions. It is completely understandable that planning for your funeral, or a loved one’s, can be depressing, anxiety-inducing and just not fun. As much as you may not look forward to addressing the details,...

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Mother’s Day without my Mom. Here’s how I cope.

This will be my second Mother’s Day without my mother.  Not only is it difficult to feel appreciative during this annual time of giving thanks, but the traditions, rituals, and gatherings I often associate with the holiday tend to emphasize the fact that a she is not present.  I found...

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COVID-19 FEMA funds available for the loss of a loved one

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families, and we at Jerusalem Memorial Chapels are here to help families in any way we can.  The Federal Government has initiated a program to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.  No matter what...

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Mourning the Loss of a Loved One During Passover

In years past, the chairs around our seder table were filled with family and friends who join to retell the story of our enslavement and our redemption. The Passover seder is more than a history lesson, for each of us is instructed to see ourselves as if we had personally...

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This is my second Thanksgiving without my Mom. Here’s how I cope.

This will be my second Thanksgiving holiday without my mother, and although 2020 has made celebrating the holiday unique, I still feel her absence.  Thanksgiving Day can feel particularly sad to me. Not only is it difficult to feel appreciative during this annual time of giving thanks, but the traditions,...

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A Loved One Has Passed…Now What? Use This Guide.

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive as a funeral director is, “Who does the family need to notify when a loved one passes?”  When dealing with the weight of a loss and settling their affairs, the list of items that must be taken care of can often...

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High Holiday’s and The Mourning Process

The High-Holidays are supposed to be a time of reflection, optimism, and joy.  Given what has become a culture of distancing, the pressure to try and hold onto some form of family togetherness, and the weight of mourning a loss, this time of year can be very painful.

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What to wear when attending a funeral

I am often asked questions about the upcoming funeral services and how to prepare for them. One of the most common questions in the past few years has centered on what a person attending a funeral can and should wear.

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Why wills are so important

It should come as no surprise that when you die, your family is responsible for settling your estate. If you’re like most people, the thought of writing a will may seem morbid, but it is very beneficial to understand why it is important to have a will.

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You can deliver a eulogy without crying

The eulogy you deliver for a loved one can be a very important moment in the healing process. Many people feel they don’t have the ability to keep their composure while speaking in front of family and friends. I am writing to let you know it is possible to deliver...

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How to handle your mobile phone at a funeral service

Funerals serve as a solemn time to gather and remember a loved one’s life. There are many factors to consider when it comes to funeral etiquette, such as what to wear, whether to bring a child with you and at times, the way to use your cell phone.

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Writing an Obituary

Many grievers find writing an obituary in honor of a loved an outdated form of memorialisation. There have been widespread myths about the art of life storytelling that devalue the practice of writing an obituary when a loved one passes away. Here are a few of the myths and some...

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Managing your grief and anxiety during a pandemic

As the Coronavirus epidemic in the New York Metro Area enters its third week of quarantine, we all seem to be stuck in a nonstop news cycle that can lead to undue anxiety about COVID-19. Many people are understandably sharing concerns and talking to their family and friends, and at...

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Remembrances

As a Jewish Funeral Director who volunteers to help in the community, I am often asked to present in front of 7th-grade classes at local Hebrew schools. 7th grade is the time when the Jewish Life Cycle is taught, and I am often tasked with explaining the Jewish views on...

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