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Ethics: ‘Celebration of life’ does poor job of expressing profound emotion

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Earlier column’s description of “pathetic” funeral alternatives raises readers’ hackles. By: Ken Gallinger Ethically speaking columnist, Published on Sun Mar 23 2014 You were talking about funerals in a recent column and snuck in a parenthetical comment describing “Celebrations of Life” as “pathetic.” I take exception. Can you justify your comment? I thought my one word mini-rant might slip by unnoticed, but several sharped-eyed readers caught me and rapped my knuckles accordingly. That’s fair enough. Of course, not all “Celebrations of Life” are pathetic; it’s just...

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Jewish Tradition of Tahara (PBS)

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The Jewish tradition of tahara, the washing and purifying of a dead body, is considered one of the greatest of all good deeds — mitzvot. Those who perform taharas are volunteer members of the burial society, chevra kadisha. Women attend to deceased women, men to men.   Click here to watch the PBS Video of the Jewish Burial Practices video on a different...

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