When a life-changing event occurs, the questions come fast and furious. This authoritative guide guides you through the difficult times of illness, death and mourning, presenting authentic Jewish tradition in a way that is both sensitive and instructive. Endorsed by leading rabbis, hospital chaplains, and family counselors, it will inform you what to do when faced with these life-changing events and provide you with the necessary liturgy, customs, and laws. The Jewish Mourner's Companion covers everything from illness through burial and beyond, without being unwieldy or overwhelming. It's written in a clear yet sensitive style so that it's fit for the layman, yet it contains enough guidance for an officiating rabbi or chaplain. It also provides a Jewish perspective that has been by illuminated by Jewish mystical insights.