By Vicki Shipley, MSW
There are many kinds of events in life that can make memories. In a years’ time we celebrate birthdays, marriages, bar and bat mitzvahs, and we also recall other, not so good, life experiences such as the death of a loved one, an accident, a severe health concern or other traumatic events.
No one is fully prepared for sad times. No matter when or what time of year one may occur, dealing with these anniversaries can be very difficult.
One such sad time each year when we ponder loss both individually and as a community is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Six million Jewish people perished. Some lost entire families and other saw their loved ones killed before their eyes. All who survived carry the horror with them to this day. Some of us have survivors in our families, and we can see the torment they go through. The terror they endured is never ending.
As we memorialize those who whose lives were lost, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the survivors are a legacy and they need to be honored as well. Talk to them. Listen to what they have say. No need to comment, just listen…
Light 6 candles one for each of the million Jews who were killed, and an extra candle for the remembrance of the non-Jews who died in the Holocaust. Honor them for risking their lives to help the Jews. Do this in Remembrance……
By Vicki Shipley, MSW, JCS Service Coordinator
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