Talking about Dying According to Reb Zalman

There is a wonderful piece based on a conversation had with Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi published on a NYT’s blog entitled Talking about Dying.  In this piece he discusses the question of approaching a loved one during his/her later years and talking about what it means to die.  He argues that we should be cautious with the need to talk about death and dying with those in the “December years”, for underlying our need to ask the elder about dying is a seemingly selfish desire.  We have to remember that the goal isn’t to satisfy our own curiousities but to be present to someone and give that person the opportunity to share the experience with us.

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