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Unloading the emotional U-Haul: Parashat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)

Parashat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/unloading_the_emotional_u-haul_parashat_vayechi_genesis_4728-5026_20120104

A funeral director once said, “In all the funerals I’ve attended, I have yet to see a hearse with a U-Haul trailer attached.” But while it’s true that “you can’t take it with you,”meaning material possessions, I’m not so sure about emotional possessions. How many of us have walked behind a casket where lay the body of a relative or friend with whom we were still talking? Or, wrenchingly, with whom we never had the conversation we meant to have?

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