How shiva has jumped the shark, and other observations after my father's death.
ANTIOCH, Tenn. (USA Today) — Services went on as they do every Wednesday at 7 p.m., though the church is still figuring out what to do with an auditorium in disarray and the cluster of reporters that continued to hover.
(RNS) This is a moment where Christian tradition meets secular rituals that have come to define public mourning since this increasingly irreligious nation said goodbye to Princess Diana exactly 20 years ago.
(RNS) "I have lived thirty years in these thirty days," wrote Sheryl Sandberg after the end of the monthlong period of Jewish mourning. "I am thirty years sadder. I feel like I am thirty years wiser."
(RNS) As beautiful and meaningful as it might be, almost no one sits shiva for seven days anymore. Perhaps it's time for modern Jews to simply own up to the changed nature of modern life, and officially adopt three-day shiva as standard practice.
The popular author shares valuable lessons she learned from years of wrestling with marital difficulties, financial pressure, and a brutal battle with infertility.
(RNS) The aim of the website is to avoid duplication and consolidate the many facets of Jewish mourning.
In the season of Epiphany, an Episcopal priest remembers a departed parishioner.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) At houses of worship here, people gathered in pews, crying, kneeling and hugging each other through services that focused on remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, uniting the community, celebrating Christmas and preventing similar disasters.
(RNS) Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead. In Mourning 2.0, bereaved share their sorrow on Facebook, and light virtual candles on memorial websites. Mourners affix scannable barcode chips to tombstones so visitors can pull up photos and videos on a smartphone. By Laura Petrecca.