Words of Parting from the Deceased
We are gathered here today by the grave of ______ to speak some final works of farewell.
We are a large number standing here, members, children and friends
With great pain and grief we bury you between the layers of our earth
Today we are gathering memories
To remember that you were with us, together we journeyed on our life in our kibbutz home
To remember that a living person has left the world
Our home is engulfed in sadness and your family is smitten with sorrow. We are so sorry that this has been your fate.
(And you are a child/a youngster/still in the spring of your days/notwithstanding the long days that you lived on this earth)
When a man is born – an entire world is born: to live, to laugh, to work, to love, to hurt, to desire
(When the man dies/falls/is killed) an entire world is extinguished
Every man and his path, he will walk on this earth
Therefore our home is immersed in sorrow and your family is smitten with grief today.
The life of man that continues from birth to the grave in which he is buried – are full of life
You lived your life to the best of your ability
Just as we are happy at the birth of someone, thus we grieve on his passing
At the edge of another experience we stand at the time of farewell
If we have sinned against you – please forgive us
If we used your name, even once, falsely – please forgive us today
Because we remember you well
We are gathered here a hurting and mourning gathering to say farewell to you, to express our genuine condolences to your family
Take a final blessing of peace to your place of rest
Peace and rest to your ashes