Last week I gave examples of supportive messages to people in crisis.
For the last two weeks I have been sharing parts of a well-meaning but inappropriate, advice-filled, e-mail that was sent to a well spouse through a third party.
An exhibit commemorating the Jewish community of Czestochowa, which has been traveling the world for the past two years, culminated in the gathering of more than 200 people who went there for a special reunion during Sukkot. These remnants and descendants of a community of more than 30,000 came from the U.S., Israel, South America, Australia and Europe.
Last week I began sharing a well-intentioned letter that was e-mailed to a well spouse and her hospitalized husband.
During Chol Hamoed Sukkot the sound of singing in a sukkah was heard in Czestochowa for the first time since the Shoah.
People, with the utmost concern and caring, tend to give advice. And to them the advice makes sense, eminent sense.
On Yom Kippur, I was in Kiev after having participated in the commemorations at Babi Yar.
When I met with recently widowed well spouses, who were kind enough to share their feelings with me, they were also very eager to share practical things they did that help make their transition to being widowed easier.
The tradition of sitting shiva is a great help with grieving. For many people shiva is a buffer that helps you cope immediately with your tremendous grief.
As of Tzom Gedalia, Sept. 25, I will be on a trip to Ukraine and Poland.
Because of the nature of chronic illness, the spouse will often be hospitalized or in a nursing home when it is time to depart this world.
Last week, President Lech Kaczynski of Poland visited Israel, where he participated in many events in support of Israel and the Jewish community in Poland.
When a spouse is chronically ill, chances are you may be called to the hospital several times in the course of the illness, to say goodbye.
For the last two weeks I have written about cemetery restoration in Poland. This week I present a report from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland, which has done tremendous work in the field. The first half of 2006 has been a busy time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland. The Foundation has cleared up ten Jewish cemeteries and fenced four of them, erected monuments or memorial plaques commemorating pre-war Jewish communities in five towns and is currently restoring four synagogues.
Many well spouses are alone even though they are married. Their partners often cannot participate in the things they loved to do.
I recently interviewed a Holocaust survivor who was present as the Russian army entered the town of Czetachowa.
People are often surprised when they see some well spouses after the death of their partners.
Last week, in a response to a letter, I wrote about preparing for loneliness.
Last week's conference on Jewish genealogy in New York featured many sessions dealing with the issues of tracing Jewish lineage.
It is important to remember that there is only one person on this earth with whom you'll spend the rest of your life.