Orthodox Judaism/Hospice


If we have a patient on hospice who does not currently belong to a Jewish community in this area, is it accepted for a staff member or hospice volunteer to read the kiddish in English for the patient at the time of death?

Dear Tabitha,
I think it would depend on whether or not the patient would appreciate it. If your patient allows you to give me his/her first name only, and the name of his/her mother, I can get someone in my community to say Kaddish after s/he passes.
What a beautiful and sensitive way to respect your patient's culture and heritage.
Best of luck,

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