A creative nonfiction piece by alumna Goldie Goldbloom (fiction, ’11) appears at Hunger Mountain:

Chevra kadisha (Hevra kadishah) (Aramaic קדישא חברא, Ḥebh’ra Qaddisha

Jewish “holy society” for the preparation of the dead for burial


I want to write about my mother’s life as if she is alive again, as if she never died. But I have not seen her in over twenty years. I have forgotten the way she used to hold her lips, the way she bent to retrieve small items from the floor, the way she looked at me when I had done something wrong. She’s been dead a long time.

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