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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Becca Near and her grandmother Gail Hawkins at Near’s wedding in 2014. 

Coronavirus restrictions mean difficult choices for families mourning the loss of a loved one

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 2, 2020

Becca Near said her grandmother, Gail Hawkins, wanted a party rather than a funeral when she died.And she wanted her ashes scattered into the ocean from a cruise ship. Both requests will have to wait because of restrictions on social life and travel...

The Mourning After

Jewish Light Editorial June 15, 2016

There are multiple reasons we mourn together, both in Judaism and beyond.We do so to respect the deceased, to comfort the family, to allow ourselves the opportunity to put the needs of others before our own needs, to create space and time to heal before...

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