Lorri M. Review: Mourning & Mitzvah

mourningandmitzvah Mourning &Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing, by Anne Brener is educational, insightful in its representation of the Jewish mourning process, and an excellent learning tool.

It directs the mourner through the grieving process by instructing and guiding them how to keep a diary or journal. By answering questions within the diary or journal, performing meaningful rituals, meditation, etc., the person is thereby enabled to begin working through their grief, a step at a time. The one who is mourning the loss of a loved one can begin to work through their pain and loss, and learn to try to cope with the struggles of daily life, while beginning to confront their pain.

There is no time limit on grief and mourning, as it is a personal process and an emotional process. But, Mourning & Mitzvah is an extremely helpful book in its aspects to bring understanding to those who grieve. It is also helpful for friends and family members to read, in order for them to begin to understand what their loved one is going through, during the traumatic period of a death in their life. They, too, are grieving, and so the input within the pages could be helpful for them.

Whether you are Jewish or not, religious or not, have a spiritual belief or not, the life lessons and the steps that Brener shows us towards coping with the loss of a loved one, is a journey we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of.

Death isn’t just a situation for the deceased or dying, but it is a family issue, for all family members. From mourning, understanding and grieving, Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing, by Anne Brener, is a book that belongs on every book shelf, as it is thoroughly educational, gently written, insightful, and is inspirational for all readers.

I find myself referring back to this sensitively written book throughout the year.



Filed under Judaism, Lorri's Blog, Non-Fiction

6 responses to “Lorri M. Review: Mourning & Mitzvah

  1. Interesting, the draw to read books about mourning. For some reason, I have a difficult time reading about this topic. However, I have written about it a bit. Sometimes one wants to know more; sometimes one wants to block it all out. Thank you for this review.

  2. Thank you, Leora. I normally have a difficult time on this topic, also. But, for some reason this book gets to me. I am normally wanting to block it all out, and hate to admit that, as my loved ones have been gone for so long. My father since 1960. But, part of me wants to also remember them and their contributions in my life.

  3. It sounds like a wonderful book. I wish I had had it when my mother passed away less than a year ago. I kept a journal through the shloshim (first 30 days) and just don’t have the patience to type it up.

    • Batya: Good on the journal…and, one day you might have the urge to type it. If not, at least your thoughts and feelings are written down. Journals can be cathartic, even if not printed out.

  4. This sounds like a very good book! Thank you for your review.

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