End of Life
Does Judaism Believe in the Right to Die?
All denominations of Judaism prohibit assisted suicide and euthanasia, but there is some room for nuance.
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.