Dale Norma Oller, MD, has practiced psychiatry in Portland, Oregon, for thirty years, specializing in women’s psychiatric issues. After her husband, Earl, died in 2016, Oller wrote this book about her bereavement, integrating quotes, wisdom, and the experiences of others on their journeys of grief. She expresses gratitude for the rabbinic guidance at Congregation Neveh Shalom, for the stories of grief that her patients have shared through the years, and for the voices of the women in her widows group.
Title by Dale Norma Oller, MD
Every organized religion has processes to guide people through the extremely personal feelings that swoop down when they lose a loved one. Yad b’Yad provides a Jewish perspective on the traditions of grieving and mourning during the first year following a death. Remembering my good friend Earl Oller, who was the inspiration for this book, and his flowers that so beautifully grace the cover.
—Dewey Robbins, Stephen Minister Leader, Kennewick First Lutheran Church, Kennewick, Washington
As a rabbi I walk the journey of grief with my congregants. Those first few hours and days after a loss are filled with so many decisions and new information and ritual for family members to digest. This book is a must-have for new mourners as the path of grief from a ritual standpoint is clearly articulated and accessible in a way that doesn’t add to the overwhelm of grief.
—Rabbi Eve Posen, Associate Rabbi, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Chair, Oregon Board of Rabbis, Portland, Oregon