Dealing with death

Dealing with death:

It is no easy matter dealing with the passing of a loved one. Each person, dependent on their personality, and the relationship they had with the deceased, becomes touched with emotions and feelings that perhaps they never knew even existed. Longing for the person who passed on, and the feelings of guilt regarding how one could have acted better in the relationship, are all natural and normal feelings after a death of a loved one. The soul of the living, as well as the soul of the deceased, need comfort. One feels heartbroken and at loss. Many begin thinking about life; where they are headed, what they have accomplished, and what is the true meaning and purpose of life. The Torah directs a Jew in mourning, from the moment of death until the end of the mandated mourning period.

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