- Joy Krauthammer
In the noon day sun
four friends fill the new grave
up to the top
filling all corners, edges, spaces, depth
so the deceased is not left
in her exposed plain wood coffin
after family and community
say Kaddish prayer,
add their shovels of rock-filled
bone-dry heavy earth
and leave cemetery
for mourners’ Meal of Consolation.
Grieving daughter stays behind.
Female friends don't wait
for the grave-digger workmen
to come later to do their 'job'.
Friends with daughter
do their final mitzvah / good deed
for her beloved mom, Rose,
of blessed memory
and with their long-handled steel shovels
give her a blanket of love.
Daughter receives the comfort
given in chesed / loving-kindness
and knows her beloved mother
Raizel bat Mordechai v’ Baila
is cared for
and her soul can soar
to Shamayim / heaven.
May She be Bound in the Bond of Eternal Life.
May Rose's memory be for a blessing.
Friend, I hold you in my heart.
May The Compassionate One comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Hamakom y'nachem etkhem b'tokh sh'ar avelei Tziyon v'Yerushalayim.
Daughter Hare, with Joy, Barbara and Marianne
Levaya / Funeral April 15, 2011
8 Nissan, 5771Nathan ©