End of life issues can be difficult to face, whether you simply wish to explore subjects like advance directives for health care, or, more so, if you or a loved one are struggling with health problems. By providing resources and encouraging dialogue about illness, death, and the quality of end of life, we hope to make Rodeph Sholom a place where people feel comfortable and safe addressing these difficult subjects.
Through the generosity of a grant received from the Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance of UJA – Federation of New York and the Jewish Board Of Family and Children’s Services, we have been given the opportunity to create both an online resource center and a physical library to provide information as well as consolation. Although the inclusion of a website does not imply an endorsement of its contents, these sites seemed particularly user-friendly and wide-ranging. We hope that you will find them helpful.
Under the aegis of the Caring Community (firstname.lastname@example.org), support groups and individual counseling with the congregation’s social worker are available throughout the year. Most important, please know that Rodeph Sholom’s clergy are always available to lend spiritual and practical support to every congregant.
Please also feel free to explore our programming for What Matters: Caring Conversations at the End of Life, a collaboration between several New York Jewish institutions and the nationwide Respecting Choices movement. Through this programming, our congregation has a number of trained facilitators who can help guide you through the process of advance care planning.
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