Rabbi Korngold, Rabbi Gerson or Rabbi Yakar would be honored
to officiate at the funeral or memorial service of your loved one.
Please plan to spend up to several hours sharing stories of his
or her life with the Rabbi, so that she or he can write a meaningful
eulogy. You may also wish to write down your own thoughts remembering
your loved one. This can be an incredibly healing experience. If
you choose to write a eulogy, we suggest that you let the Rabbi
deliver it. This way you are free to mourn rather than "hold
it together" at the funeral.
Once the Rabbi has had a chance to speak with you
and come to understand your loved one, she or he will pick appropriate
readings and attempt to create a funeral service that provides an
opportunity to celebrate his or her life and mourn your loss.
Funerals may be graveside or in the funeral home,
as well as at a Jewish or secular cemetery.
Rabbi Korngold, Rabbi Gerson or Rabbi Yakar will lead shiva
services if you chose to include this ritual. The services will
be filled with beautiful opportunities to share remembrances of
your loved one.
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note from the Rabbi about funerals for extreme athletes:
It's strange to say,
but my funeral specialty has become funerals for extreme athletes,
Jewish as well as those of other religions. I suppose it makes
sense. When an extreme athlete dies, be it a mountaineer,
rock climber, kayaker or skier, it's meaningful to have someone
perform the ceremony who can understand extreme sports, someone
who has been there personally. It is horribly sad to officiate
at these funerals, yet I am always relieved that I can give
family and friends support and understanding at such a difficult
The culture of extreme sports, and the
deaths resulting from them, is something I have spoken about
at length in my book, God in the
Wilderness. I will continue to speak out against taking
sports to extremes that result in death. But I will also continue
to be there for the many, many families whose loved ones die
in this tragic and unnecessary way.