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A Prayer for Living Loss

by Staff


Tags: Mental Illness, Death, Judaism, Prayer, Religion, healing,

There are many prayers to help mourn the death of a family member. In Judaism, the Mourner’s Kaddish gives people the opportunity to publicly express their grief over death. When coping with mental illness, the appropriate prayer is much harder to find. "Judaism does not give us a way of understanding and speaking about mental illness," Ayelet Amittay writes for Tikkun. Amittay’s father has not died physically, but she still feels that she has lost him to mental illness. Instead of a prayer for the dead, or a prayer for health that she knows will never come, Amittay struggles with her “need for a prayer that would redeem other kinds of losses—living losses.”

Bennett Gordon

ivan rodriguez_2
2/2/2008 1:37:38 PM

Out of Judaism comes a very powerful yet little known tool to manifest miracles: KABBALAH, which in fact operates out of the "scientific" evidence that the quantum reality is far bigger and more real than the illusion we are living in. I would go to kabbalahcenter.com and start looking at other possibilities away fron this world.


weirdharold_1
2/1/2008 11:37:20 AM

We must let the grieving know we are well aware the disease is not the person. http://weird-harolds.com/