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Life and Legacy: How Do I Impact the Lives of Others? (1 CE)
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When: Sunday, November 10, 2019
From 11am-12pm
Where: Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
6600 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield Township, Michigan  48322
United States
Contact: Abby Segal

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Engaging in discussions around end of life, coping with terminal illness, and mourning the loss of a loved one are difficult and bring with it a range of powerful and important emotions. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but confronting the fear, anxiety and sadness associated with illness and loss can actually strengthen everyone involved. Using the new coloring book and journal version of their publication, Never Long Enough, Rabbi Joseph Krakoff and Dr. Michelle Sider will lead participants through a series of reflective exercises on life and legacy. What are my core values? How do I impact the lives of others? Through art and words, this workshop will explore the topics of loss and grief presented in their previous book.


Learning Objectives:

  • Better understand core values Better and how one can impact the lives of others.
  • Explore ways ones can talk with someone at the end of life
  • Explore loss and grief.

1 CE available. Free to attend, $15 for the workbook.


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Co-authors of “Never Long Enough: Finding Comfort Amidst Grief and Loss” and the forthcoming “Never Long Enough: Coloring/Workbook,” Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff and Dr. Michelle Y. Sider harness their combined knowledge, compassion and years of experience in the fields of counseling, theology, psychology and art.  Rabbi Krakoff devotes himself to helping people confront end of life issues in a way that brings them closer to the essence and enduring values of their loved ones.  Dr. Sider creatively combines her expertise in art and psychology and blends them in a perfect balance to bring about awareness and soulful healing. This interactive program and art exhibit is certain to be a fitting resource for people in the process of psychological healing and creating a ‘new normal.’


In creating Never Long Enough - a unique book about the end of life, Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff and artist Dr. Michelle Y. Sider brought together their many years of professional expertise with families. Krakoff drew on lessons learned in many years of counseling adults and children wrestling with death, grief and remembrance. Sider’s years working as an artist, arts educator and psychologist influenced her approach in creating evocative images that demonstrate how art can help to unlock emotions and heal the heart. Together, they crafted an interactive keepsake book for families and friends, complete with pages to add personal reflections thereby transforming the book into an individualized tribute to a loved one.

Never Long Enough is designed to be read along with someone nearing the end of life — or, it can be read by mourners after a death. Whenever this book is opened, it becomes an active invitation for conversation, lifting up memories and preserving the legacy of someone’s life.

“For many years, I’ve been working with families to guide them through honest conversations about the legacy and the values that remain even as someone we love dies,” Krakoff says. “This text has already comforted so many families through this difficult, emotionally charged time.”

“I’ve seen how art can help people express themselves, bring out their feelings and tell stories. By weaving the words and art together, I hope the reader will move slowly through the pages and reflect deeply on the words. Reading and responding to this book as an individual or with loved ones becomes a very compelling and helpful experience.” says Sider.

Krakoff originally developed the thought-provoking text while in Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. As he shared that text with families, he realized that powerful imagery would heighten the healing process of reflection. Sider, inspired by the text, envisioned pairing phrases in the poem to original art. Using various techniques, she created stirring images that powerfully illuminate the text, are inclusive of different ethnicities, religions and relationships and culminate in a final, powerful blend.

Never Long Enough begins with a dedication page to fill in: “This book is presented to: ___________________.” Quantity purchasers of Never Long Enough can customize the front cover with a logo and the inside with a sponsor’s note — perhaps from a hospital, hospice, house of worship or funeral home who are providing this resource to families.

“A beautiful book, poetic and wise and comforting. Read it for yourself and for those you love.”


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