FYI, this illustration has the Hebrew lettering upside down. Just something to
check more carefully.
When in college I did a presentation for my socialogy class on the customs of
Jewish and LDS funerals and how they are different. I learned a lot from doing
the assignment and even learned a little more today on how others in our
community deal with death. I have told my husband that I do not want
flowers at my funeral as I won't truly be able to enjoy them. I will leave
instructions to donate the money to a special organization that is dear to
members of my family.
Like so many articles you report, this one reeks of stereotypes and generalities
that are not an accurate reflection of the individual differences in the ways
specific people and familes deal with death.Although I am LDS, it is
not accurate to say that I mourn in some "Mormon Way". When loved ones have
passed on, I have mourned in my own unique way; unique to what my family has
experienced at the time. unique to how our loved one died. unique to what my
spouse and children are going through and the relationship we had with the
deceased. I'm confident those of other cultures and faiths vary greatly in the
ways each individual and family mourn those who have died, too. Articles such as
these emphasize "the traditions", but the truth is nobody's individual
experience is accurately described by such "traditions".