RNS: Tight economy puts the squeeze on death rites

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When Leonard Horowitz died at Putnam Hospital recently (April 20), the 92-year-old developmentally disabled man left behind no family, no friends, no savings and no final requests.

Nevertheless, Horowitz was buried with full Jewish rites at Staten Island's Mount Richmond Cemetery, where Rabbi Shmuel Plafker recited blessings as two workers lowered Horowitz's plain pine casket into the muddy ground.

The brief ceremony, which concluded within 20 minutes and with Plafker the only mourner present, was the second of the morning for the Hebrew Free Burial Association, a nonprofit organization founded in 1888 to provide funerals for underprivileged Jews.

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Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryDeath / Burial / Funerals* Economics, PoliticsEconomyThe Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

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Posted April 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. libraryjim wrote:

That sounds like a wonderful group! Do we have anything like that in the Anglican world?

April 29, 1:45 pm | [comment link]
2. Adam 12 wrote:

How wonderful and God affirming!

April 29, 3:03 pm | [comment link]
3. IchabodKunkleberry wrote:

Am not sure of the religious affiliation of this group, but they
provide burials for abandoned children in the L.A. area (?).
The Garden of Innocence website is here ...

  http://www.gardenofinnocence.com/

April 29, 5:13 pm | [comment link]
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