REFLECTING ON TIME, KAVOD V’NICHUM: END OF LIFE CONVERSATIONS AND THE JOURNEY OF GRIEF FOR LIMMUD NORTH AMERICA’S 49 STEPS PROJECT
EDITOR’S NOTE: Since we’re counting the Omer anyway, this seems to me to be a good time to take this deep dive into a subject we rarely talk about and seldom face until we or a loved one are living through it. I think this is worth the trip. Please take the time to click on and read each article, even if you do one once a day for each of the 49 days. Since I am late in finding and posting this, you’ll have to do some fast catching up. But I think it will be worth it.
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This week, we’re thinking about the passage of time and reflecting on two moments in particular.
We’re remembering one million people in our communities whose lives were claimed by Covid-19 as we solemnly cross a tragic milestone this week in the United States. We hold them close and pray that their memories bring comfort and blessing.
This week also marked the halfway point of counting the Omer, the 49 days between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. Kavod v’Nichum’s wrote on end-of-life conversations, the passage of time, and the journey of grief for Limmud North America’s 49 steps project.
Marking the days helps us to feel time in ways that we don’t normally stop to reflect on. Whether we are counting days toward joy or we are pausing to feel the weight of two and a half years, we allow ourselves to make sacred moments together.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.
END OF LIFE CONVERSATIONS