Abigail’s Fund for Children

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.  


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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4 Responses to Abigail’s Fund for Children

  1. Leah says:

    Abigail looks like a beautiful young women with so much life in her. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


  2. Barbara W. Klein says:

    Well Done, Moving, Effective,
    Grief goes well beyond the funeral.


  3. What a beautiful young woman with so much potential. And what an amazing outpouring from family and friends. Love never ends and memories will continue to inspire and perpetuate all that was, apparently, special about Abigail. My condolences to you all.


  4. Terri says:

    May her memory always be for a blessing. my sympathies to you and yours.


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