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July 29, 1994 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-29

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EUROPEAN SELECTION

and asked, "Was I really at the
funeral?"
"You certainly were," he told
her. "I changed your diapers my-
self."
The girl was clearly moved.
"My father said I was there,
but I didn't know if he was just
telling me that," she said. "My
mother and I had so little time to-
gether. It means a lot to me that
I was really at the funeral."
e've had golf balls and
tennis balls, fortunate-
ly no one with bowling
balls," Mr. Bodzin says.
The most frequent request:
Bury the deceased with a
ritual object (like his siddur) or
family photographs and chil-
dren's and grandchildren's draw-
ings.
The artwork may never bene-
fit the corpse, but Mr. Bodzin, the
author of Why Is Everybody
Crying, a guidebook on death and
mourning for children, believes
it can help the living.
"When my mother died, I had
my daughter make a drawing,"
he said. "It was a way for her to
say goodbye."
One woman at Hebrew
Memorial wanted to be buried on
her husband's left, so they could
"hold hands" in death exactly as
they had in life.

K

by Karl Lagerfeld,

LADIES' EUROPEAN READY-TO-WEAR

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One caller asked,
"Do you know
what they'll be
serving at the
shiva house?"

A motorcycle aficionado ask-
ed for his fellow bikers to be
part of the funeral. "The whole
group led the procession,"
Mr. Bodzin recalls. "Their be-
havior and manners were im-
peccable."
Finally, there are those prob-
lems that arise even before the
requests about where to be buried
or what to place in the casket.
Take the complicated question of
one's work.
Among the information in-
cluded on a death certificate is
the occupation of the deceased,
so it's customary for funeral di-
rectors to ask.
Mr. Bodzin did so with one
family only to receive stares and
silence.
"Well, did he have an occupa-
tion?" Mr. Bodzin asked.
Finally, one of the family mem-
bers hesitantly announced, "He
was a bookie."
Mr. Bodzin thought a moment.
Then he picked up a pen. On the
empty line beside the word
"Occupation" on the death cer-
tificate he wrote: "Sales and per-
sonal investments." II]

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