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The Culture Connection: Judaism at End-of-Life

This blog series is about various customs and practices that someone involved in end-of-life care might encounter. Now we look at the Jewish faith. The three largest Jewish denominations are Orthodox, Conservative and Reform. There are numerous smaller ones, too. This blog post isn’t exhaustive and doesn’t try to explain Judaism as a whole. As with all religions, it is impossible to do that in a brief format. Instead, I’d like to touch on some ideas and practices you may encounter with Jewish patients and families.
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Hospice Patient James Strange Rides in Style

James Strange put on dress shoes and shirt and then his tan sports jacket. The Crossroads Hospice patient was going for a jaunt in a restored 1936 Auburn cabriolet and he wanted to look as stylish as the vintage automobile he would soon be riding in.