As I have mentioned before we do a lot of work with life cycle events
Usually happy ones but at times sad ones too. We send Shiva or Condolence baskets and or tray to a family. Shiva literally translates to English as seven which is the initial time that a Jewish Family traditionally mourns the passing of a spouse, parent, or child.
We have sent many trays to both Jewish and and Non Jewish people as bereavement gifts. Its sweeter than flowers and sweet treat or nuts are ideal to have around while families and friends sit around and remember the ones they lost.
Last week I had an unfortunate life cycle event of my own my step grand father who was part of my life of the last three decades passed away. He lived to a ripe old age of 99 and had a good life. It was strange though as I took phone orders from people who were sending my family trays listening to the cards being given.
Where on most occasions I am able to help write these cards with the traditional sentiments like:
- Our Deepest Condolences
- May G-d be with you in your time of loss
Last week I was simply a scribe.
So not all weeks are sweet in the Life of the Candy Man but I do my best to help sweeten up the lives of those around me.