I’m taking a few days off from blogging. This will be my way to honor my cousin Abigail and pay my respects to her parents Jean and David.
Friday, her family and friends gathered at her funeral, a smorgasbord of tributes and talent: songs in different languages, folk and jazz played by her uncle and cousin, an African dance performed by another cousin, a poem read by her grandmother.
In keeping with Jewish tradition, the family tore their clothes to express their grief and Kaddish was recited.
This week the family is sitting shiva; the seven day period of mourning. Abigail was about to enter graduate school in social work and had worked since college with disadvantaged children in Texas. Her relatives have established a fund in her name: Abigail’s Fund for Children will support organizations that assist children and families in need.