With great sadness, we write to inform you of the death of Mindy Wiseman. Mindy passed away yesterday afternoon.
The funeral for Mindy will take place:
Sunday, October 23rd at 10:00 am
Goodman Jewish Community Campus (in the Minkoff Center)
7762 County Route PD, Verona, WI 53593
Burial will follow immediately afterwards at Natural Path Sanctuary, which is part of the Farley Center, 2299 Spring Rose Road in Verona. For those who will be attending the burial, we ask that you carpool from the Goodman Jewish Community Campus.
All are welcome to stop by for an informal condolence call at Mark's home, on Monday, October 24th or Tuesday, October 25th between 4:00-8:00 pm. Bringing food is appreciated but not necessary.
A shiva minyan will be held after the holiday on Wednesday, October 26th at at Oakwood Village, 6201 Mineral Point Road, in the Oaks Community Room. It will be from 5:00-7:00 pm and the service will be held at 5:30 pm. This is not for dinner; please do not bring food.
There is a modified shmirah (ritual watching over the body) for Mindy. If you would like to spend an hour sitting and reading psalms or anything else, please sign up here. It will take place at Cress Funeral Home, 6021 University Avenue. See more about shomrim below.
May Mindy's memory be for a blessing, and may her husband, Mark, her mother, Alene, and her sons, Josh and David, be comforted at this time.
Caring for the dead
In traditional Jewish practice, after a person dies, the eyes are closed, the body is laid on the floor and covered, and candles are lit next to the body. The body is never left alone until after burial, as a sign of respect. The people who sit with the dead body are called shomrim, meaning “guards” or “keepers.”
The shomrim may not eat, drink, or perform a commandment in the presence of the dead. To do so would be considered mocking the dead, because the dead can no longer do such things.
Shomrim recite Psalms (Tehillim) to soothe the soul of the departed.
For more on Jewish funeral practices, visit the website of Kavod v’Nichum, www.jewish-funerals.org.