E69: Allowing Grief to Be Holy with Rabbi Anne Brener

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Rabbi Anne Brener stumbled across traditional Jewish mourning rituals as she was preparing for her wedding. Her fascination with these ancient prayers and rituals plus knowledge of psychology and a collection of her own personal griefs called her to deeply explore the world of Jewish mourning and write the book Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing . Today we're talking about how God can be described as "a place" for mourners, the unfortunate reality that everybody dies in the middle of a conversation, and how death requires our hearts and minds to jump from a physical relationship to a spiritual relationship. Also this week, I'm talking about the language of grief... and the subtle significance of switching from "is" to "was."

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