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Bereavement Support

Practical Tips for Helping Others During ​​COVID-19
A workshop with Dr. Hoy
Available as early as Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm

Temple Beth El of South Orange County, O’Connor Mortuary, and Vitas Healthcare Presents a Community Workshop with Dr. Hoy in a discussion about how to more fully understand the multitude of losses individuals are experiencing during this pandemic and learn some practical skills in coming alongside others. In this virtual workshop you will learn how to find the right words, avoid painful phrases, and examine context for meaningful dialogue.


Video and Funerals: The Next Best Thing to Being There? An article by Dr. “Bill” Hoy

Like so many changes around the world over the last few months, the COVID pandemic has changed the way families and communities interact in the face of a loved one’s death. While there have been many innovative ideas implemented (see Molly Keating’s great article in last month’s issue), the intensified use of webcasting memorial services has, without a doubt, been one of the biggest changes to funerals in the last few months. Click Here to read more


Certainty in the Midst of Uncertainty

Listen to this conversation about moving forward in the face of loss and anxiety with Dr. Bill Hoy, Cantor Fran Chalin, Rabbi K’vod Wieder, and Becky Lomaka, representing Temple Beth El of South Orange County, O’Connor Mortuary, and Vitas Healthcare



What To Do

Immediate Steps

Lifetime Considerations

Mourning and Condolences

Prayers and Psalms

Psalm 23 תְּהִלִּים

Psalm 121 תְּהִלִּים

Click here for printable version

Mourner’s Kaddish

Basic Information, Mortuary

Temple Beth El typically works with Sandy Fine, a Jewish Funeral Consultant with Malinow and Silverman Mortuary, 800-922-2244. We also work with all other funeral directors and mortuaries if you have already completed pre-need arrangements.


Unveiling Service

Support Groups

Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783