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Grieving & Unveiling

This coming weekend is going to be a tough one for us. Back in December, we lost my mom to lung cancer. She went into the hospital the day after Thanksgiving and was gone just before Chanukkah started. Two weeks - that's how long it took. She fought hard for almost a year but it took two weeks for the cancer to take over. The day she died, I became incredibly symptomatic. I had a migraine, I was nauseous beyond belief, I was dizzy, and I was exhausted. It was as if my body knew she was going to pass. I let my instincts take over. My aunt told me to go home and get some rest. I tried. I tried to sleep. The nausea got worse and then, in a panic, I packed my bag and raced out of the house to get to the hospital. A half hour later, she was gone. The nausea continued. I was so nauseous during Shabbat (Jewish day of rest) that I wound up missing the Rabbi who came to grieve with our family.

So, this coming weekend is another Jewish milestone. Sunday will be my mom's unveiling. I'…