WAYS OF PEACE is currently working on the publication of Sacred Undertaking: A Natural Return to the Earth. This will be a book-length guide that combines burial fellowship education (see below and In the Media) with our innovative dialogues on cremation.
The publications below are available free of charge. If you find them helpful, we encourage you to support WAYS OF PEACE in the creation of additional resources.
Our manual has guided caring community development from New England to New Zealand, and has even supported the coexistence of Jews, Muslims and Christians in Cairo (see below).
"Laying out the dead" is a time-honored process, both ritual and practical, that spans world cultures. Taharah, the Hebrew word for ritual purification, is also used to encompass all of the practices from washing and dressing to laying out the dead.
"This evening I participated in my first...tahara and we used your guide. Our [team leader], who has done it with her own synagogue guide, truly loved using yours, as did our Rabbi for whom it was also her first tahara. Your holy work is appreciated."
"Our [taharah team] felt very comfortable with it. The directions are very clear and additional readings are very appropriate and beautiful."
Forward article: How our Taharah Manual helped honor the Jewish dead in Cairo