In our hour of sadness we turn to our faith, our community and the kind words of others. Funerals and memorial services are a time to grieve the life of a loved one, to tell their stories in public and to offer and receive the love of others.
As your clergy, I will connect you to our tradition and our many time-honored rituals. I meet with you and your family and begin to learn about your loved one. I accompany you on this sacred journey as you say farewell. We read from the Biblical Psalms and other readings, ancient and modern. My hope is that these bring you comfort that begin the healing of your mourning hearts. With attentive listening and gentle guidance, we begin to heal our broken hearts.
We honor our loved ones by allowing ourselves to feel the pain. It is natural to grieve and honorable to shed a tear.
I draw on my cantorial training and years of experience when we sing songs from our tradition, melodies ancient and modern, chant and prayer. Music that honors your love and dignifies the ceremony, music that expands the soul, to cry, to smile a little.
The funeral service honors your love and your respect. In our brokenness we search for wholeness.
Psalm 23 – Adonai Ro’i: