A book of consolation as well as guidance, Saying Kaddish helps mourners find their way through “the valley of the shadow of death” using an ancient path followed by Jews for centuries. A guide to Jewish practices in the sickroom, at the funeral and in a house of mourning, Saying Kaddish includes chapters about traditional Jewish funeral customs such as shiva, the first week after death when mourners stay home to be comforted and cared for by community, friends, and family.
Saying Kaddish explains the status of mourners during the thirty days after the death of a loved one – a time when loss is still raw and painful – and when they are exempt from the responsibilities of social, business, and religious. There are chapters about the annual rituals of Yizkor and Yahrzeit, about caring for grieving children, about writing wills and the impact of suicide.
As in all of Anita Diamant’s Jewish lifecycle books, Saying Kaddish offers thoughtful options and choices that reflect the realities of modern life, such as how to mourn the death of a loved one who is not Jewish, and how to bring the Jewish rituals of consolation to your home after a funeral and shiva have taken place in another community.