FROM MOURNING TO MORNING: A Comprehensive Guide to Mourning, Grieving, and Bereavement

FROM MOURNING TO MORNING: A Comprehensive Guide to Mourning, Grieving, and Bereavement
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    FROM MOURNING TO MORNING: A Comprehensive Guide to Mourning, Grieving, and Bereavement

    by Rabbi Simeon Schreiber

    Softcover, 100 pages
    KTAV Publishing House, Urim Publications, 2016 
    ISBN: 978-965-524-261-4

    Why do we need to grieve and mourn?
    Is there a correct way to act when someone is dying?
    How can I avoid feeling guilty?
    Why do I feel that God has forsaken me?
    What is the meaning of Shiva?
    How do I behave at the home of a mourner?
    What should I say or not say?
    Should I send flowers or food?

    In this compassionate, down-to-earth book, Rabbi Simeon Schreiber, Senior Staff Chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, answers these and many other questions about death, grieving, mourning, and bereavement. From Mourning to Morning focuses on the Shiva call and contains illuminating suggestions on what to say and what not to say; what to do and what not to do. Rabbi Schreiber helps you develop the sensitivity and expertise needed when others need you most.

    About the Author:
    Rabbi Simeon Schreiber is the founder, director, and lead chaplain of Visiting Chaplain Services, Inc., a not-for-profit agency providing comfort and support to anyone in spiritual or emotional distress. He currently serves as Senior Staff Chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, and is the first (ever) chaplain of the Bal Harbour Police Department. He has written and lectured extensively on the guidelines and protocols for those who are sitting Shiva. He is also the author of A Caring Presence, which contains an in-depth guide to the etiquette of Bikur Cholim visitation. Rabbi Schreiber is a respected and highly regarded Rabbi and Board Certified Chaplain. He was awarded his Chaplaincy degree from The Health Care Chaplaincy Institute and his board certification from the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Rabbi Schreiber is a graduate of Yeshiva College and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He and his wife, Rose, reside in Bal Harbour, Florida. They have five children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Praise for From Mourning to Morning:
    "Just as we will all die, so too we will all mourn the death of loved ones. Life prepares us for neither. Rabbi Schreiber's brilliantly insightful guide to mourning is an essential read for every human being who will someday grieve. From Mourning to Morning is an indispensable guided tour through the valley of the shadow of death -- a place we will all visit. Rabbi Schreiber works in that valley every day, helping those in need of practical and spiritual advice -- advice he generously shares in this invaluable book."
    Alan Dershowitz, author of Abraham: The World's First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer

    "Rabbi Simeon Schreiber's clearly written guide will greatly help all who find themselves confronted by the imminence of death and its aftermath, all who want to offer support and comfort. Full of thoughtful sensitivity and deep Jewish wisdom, this work by a highly respected and beloved hospital chaplain offers practical guidance and advice gained from decades of experience with these issues."
    Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish

    "From Mourning to Morning makes a large and much-needed contribution to the Jewish community. It re-introduces to the modern reader many of the elements of Jewish traditional practice around death and mourning that have proven -- over centuries -- to provide great wisdom, insight and comfort to the bereaved. Today, when people are searching deeply for meaning in their lives and some shiva homes can more resemble cocktail parties than houses of mourning, this very clear "how to" manual for making a shiva call has never been more timely and needed. It is a useful and sensitive book for mourner and comforter alike. I hope every synagogue office and Rabbi's study everywhere is stocked with multiple copies for distribution to those in need of its guidance."
    Jacob Solomon, President and CEO, Greater Miami Jewish Federation