Bereavement (Nechama)

When someone in our community experiences a loss of a family member, Nechama steps in to offer emotional and tangible support. At the request of the clergy and with the congregant's approval, a Nechama volunteer makes contact with the bereaved to express the condolences of the entire community and to offer support to the family.  The volunteer delivers a challah on the first Shabbat, and checks back in with the bereaved two or three weeks later by dropping off a "comfort bag. Many of our volunteers are temple members who were supported during a bereavement and want to offer similar support to others. 

Volunteers sign up for one month during the year, and there are two volunteers per month to share the mitzvah.

Nechama is one part of Temple Beth Elohim's nationally recognized Caring Community.   If you or someone you know is in need of the support of the Bereavement Team, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Carolyn Kohlman: [email protected]
Carol Clingan:  (781) 234-2645 or [email protected]   

Click here for TBE's Funeral Guide. 

Beit Olam

Did you know that TBE has its own section in the newly dedicated Beit Olam East Cemetery in Wayland? One hundred and eighty five plots have been designated for Temple Beth Elohim, and 122 are already reserved. If you would like more information about acquiring a plot, contact Temple member Howard Wolk at (617) 860-6177 or Lisa Berenson directly at Jewish Cemetary Association of Massachusetts at (617) 244-6509

TBE Bereavement Support Group

A five session group (with option to continue if participants desire) is being offered for people who have experienced a significant loss in their lives. The purpose of this group is to help people understand and cope with the bereavement process and to provide an atmosphere of mutual support.

We will discuss common issues and questions such as what to expect during the course of grieving, helpful coping strategies, managing new responsibilities, living alone, needing to attend to other's needs while feeling depleted oneself, and dealing with holidays and special occasions. If you would like to participate in this bereavement support group, please contact Cantor Sufrin, (781)235-8419 x202 or Rabbi Philip Sherman, (781) 235-8419 x208.

Facilitated by congregant Cynthia Pill, Ph.D., LICSW. Cynthia is a social worker with many years of hospice experience and has been on the faculties of Simmons School of Social Work and Smith College School for Social Work.