End of Life

Viddui: The Deathbed Confession

Traditional and liberal possibilities for this little-known practice

On Being with Those Who Are Dying

The Jewish tradition of being at the bedside of the dying is of immense value, not only for the dying person but also for those about to be bereaved--and for all of us, who must learn to face death.

Writing and Reading Ethical Wills

On the Jewish custom of leaving a written spiritual legacy for one's children.

Two Conservative Jewish Views on End-of-Life Issues

The Conservative movement validates two opinions on ceasing medical treatment for terminally ill patients.

End of Life Issues: A Jewish Perspective

An introduction to Jewish attitudes toward life support, ceasing medical care, living wills, and caring for patients in their final days

What Death Should Teach Us About Life and Living

Death is not a counterpoint or contradiction to life, but a profound teacher about the meaning of human existence.

7 Things to Do Before You Die

When death comes, be prepared. Now's the time to decide on everything from end-of-life care to unloading your possessions.

Writing an Ethical Will: How to Get Started

Exercises and tips for creating this document to share with your loved ones.

Jewish Ethical Wills (Tzava’ot)

A rich tradition, these free-form documents can provide comfort to the dying and their loved ones.

How to Talk To Loved Ones About Your End-of-Life Wishes

Do’s and don’t's for broaching the most difficult of topics.

Why Jews Need to Talk About Death

Conversations about end-of-life wishes are easy to procrastinate. But you shouldn’t.

Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Care

Jewish approaches to medical decision-making for the terminally ill.