At our Passover Seder this year, I looked around and couldn’t help but reflect on the three generations surrounding the table. It made me think about my Jewish traditions and beliefs as we go through life’s stages. My grandmother lived to be 101 and my father will turn 96 this summer, both of whom remained very active in their latter years.
Planning a funeral is not what it used to be. Today, people have more options and are taking charge of their loved ones’ services.
It happened again recently: someone used the word “if” instead of “when” in referring to their certain, though hopefully distant, death. Sometimes saying “if I die” is appropriate. Maybe you are going to attempt some death-defying acrobatic routine and you want to make sure that your affairs are in order in case the stunt fails. However, I notice that it is pretty common for people to use the phrase “if I die” when what they really mean is “when I die.” They use “if I die” as if they might, in fact, be someone who won’t die.