Kavod v'Nichum and Gamliel Institute provide resources, education, and training along the Jewish end-of-life continuum: from visiting the sick and pre-planning, to care for the body after death, to providing comfort to the mourners.
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Course 4: Chevrah Kadisha: Nechamah

The mitzvah of comforting (nechamah) — both comfort for the ill (visiting the sick, bikkur cholim) and comfort for the grieving (nichum aveilim) — is a vital part of Chevrah Kadisha work. This course teaches some of the skills involved in this work, and includes areas such as listening techniques, the concept of an ethical will, bedside prayer, and principles involving remembrance. It also provides students with opportunities to examine and deepen their own attitudes and outlooks about illness and death. The course deals with acquiring the skills necessary to provide the mitzvah of nichum aveilim (comforting mourners) across the entire continuum of experience at the end of life. The skills needed for nichum aveilim are similar to those needed for bikkur cholim (visiting the sick).

Topic areas include:

              • Introduction to nechamah
              • Death cafes
              • Text foundations
              • Aging
              • Practical skills for nechamah and bikkur cholim
              • Challenging situations
              • Chaplaincy and healing, hospice
              • Family considerations
              • Prayer and song
              • Ethical wills, advance directives, organ donation, et al
              • Grief and nichum aveilim

 

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Upcoming Course 4 Schedule

Course 4 Class ScheduleTuesdays, March 29th through June 21st, 2022, 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT, 5:00pm – 6:30pm PDT

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