Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn As a Jew
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Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn As a Jew

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Shows mourners how to turn the Jewish traditions surrounding death and bereavement into sources of comfort and healing, offering detailed instructions for following the stages of a Jewish year of mourning.
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published November 3rd 1998 by Schocken (first published 1998)
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I suppose I should have read this before my father died. I suppose I should have read this right after my father died. I didn't. I'm reading it now, and, although it makes me sad, it helps me understand the Jewish way in mourning and death. It was a mildly helpful book in terms of the rituals surrounding Jewish death and dying.

The one who really should read it next is my husband. His parents are in their late 70s.
Holly says she wonders who taught me to pick out books! HA! This one is very interesting --Of course, I am not Jewish, but I am appreciating learning about the traditions and how saying Kaddish is a form of comfort for the loss of a loved one.
There are probably things in the Kaddish tradition that we as Christian's could use to help us when we go through the loss of someone we care about.
Emilia P
Anita, always solid stuff. Caring for the dying and the dead, sitting Shiva, sticking to rhythms, turning the focus from the mourned to the mourner deliberately. I learned some great things about ways to mark and understand dying in a Jewish cultural and religious context, but as often is the case, I found myself seeking a philosophical solace in a how-to book. Diamant is great at straddling that line, but I expected a slightly heavier tome. Ah well. It was quite good, and I'm glad she is there...more
A gift from my rabbi when my mother passed away in November, 2012, this book has guided and comforted me through these early weeks of mourning. Diamant clearly explains traditional Jewish customs and beliefs while offering support for less traditional Jews to find a meaningful path to healing from such loss. Never "preachy," "Saying Kaddish" is a book I will return to throughout the coming months and keep in my library for reference and comfort in the future.
Written with kindness and all the necessary details. This is one to keep on hand at home; it even made me feel better.
Good, practical information about how to deal with death in the family following the Jewish religion.
April Zipser
I think this will be a good intro into a very sad subject.
Viola Spencer
A comfort to a mother who had to bury her adult child.
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Anita Diamant is the author of eleven books and one on the way. She is best-known for her first novel, The Red Tent, which was published in 1997 and won the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award. Based on the biblical story of Dinah, The Red Tent became a word-of-mouth bestseller in the US and overseas, where it has been published in more than 25 countries. Three other novels followed: Good Harbor...more
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