Flowers into the Grave

When planning my father’s funeral, my mother had great difficulty with being the first to put dirt into the grave. We decided to all put flowers into the grave, after the coffin was lowered. This was not against Jewish custom, because flowers come from the earth. It was a nice feeling to toss a flower in as we said our final goodbye at graveside. The rest of the family stayed to do the traditional internment, filing the grave as “hesed shel emet.” We kept the same tradition when my mother died later that same year.

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