CHEVRA KADDISHA

Facing Death by Tending It

Most of us avoid being to close to death whenever possible. We shun its shadowy appearance and hovering smell. Yet there are those who specialize in death, neither ignoring it nor shrouding it in protective symbolism. My friend participates in this process that he finds neither daunting or eerie, and, in fact, has taught him "the raw and real meaning of humility."