quietly reviewing the procedures,
our roles and the prayers we will say.
Silently we enter the preparation room,
gather our supplies, wash and glove our hands.
We stand respectfully around the departed
and begin the prayer, slowly and with feeling,
first in Hebrew, then in English, so all can understand.
As I say the words, my mind visualizes this woman,
beautiful and healthy again, vibrant with life,
dancing with the other souls,
free at last in the Garden of Eden.
copyright 2003 Linda H. Feinberg
(Quote from the liturgy)"May she tread with righteous feet into the Garden of Eden, for that is the place of the upright, and God protects the feet of the pious."