A sheet will cover my still, naked body. It’s a body that no-one, other than my husband, has ever seen before. It will be very quiet in the room. The holy women of the Chevra Kadisha, the burial society, will wash their hands, say a special blessing and put on two sets of latex gloves. No words, other than brief instructions, will be said. And so, will begin, the preparations for my burial.
Listen to my talk – Six Feet Under – hosted by JDOV about serving on the Chevra Kadisha, and reflections of death and mourning – unfortunately, I’ve had a lot of practice.