The Funeral Whisperer

Watching friends, family and acquaintances go the way of obituary and biography.
08/22/2011 - 20:00

 “People are dying who didn’t used to,” my mother could have said, but didn’t. It was somebody else’s mother.

Now I’m thinking along the same lines.

There are deaths in the family, of course. Shocking, awful, and no matter how expected — unexpected. My father’s was the first and the worst. Besides being beloved, he was a rabbi and the one we went to when someone else died. How could we ask him questions about his own funeral? About grief? I am still asking him.

ALAN FALK Gustav Mahler & The Youth’s Magic Horn  (A Child’s View of Heaven), 2006, oil on canvas, 48" x 84".
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