One of the most important responsibilities of a rabbi is to honor the memories of our loved ones who have just passed away within a context of Judaic wisdom and tradition derived over the centuries.
Weaving a life story together is a sacred undertaking and requires being "on call" during these times of greatest need.
I approach these episodes with a profound understanding that the rabbinic work I do also affects the quality of healing for those in mourning.
As a rabbi, I conduct services within a chapel or at graveside along with the subsequent leading of prayers during the shiva period at the designated house of mourning. My services include meeting with family members, eulogy preparation and delivery, officiating at the Memorial, Burial and Shiva services and subsequent pastoral counseling as indicated.
"Rabbi Debbie guided me through my own feelings about the untimely death of my parents as well as the issues that arise when dealing with family under difficult circumstances."
Unveilings and Dedications
These services usually mark the first year Anniversary of the death of a loved one. My responsibilities include preparing and conducting these services with warmth and compassion.
"...the utmost amount of respect, kindness, compassion, and genuine feelings of concern, we were speechless."
Rabbi Nesselson On Call
"Rabbi Nesselson is a rabbi who serves our community with her heart. She helps the bereaved family from the minute she is called upon to serve to long after the funeral. She is always ready to help with her good advice."
David I. Jacobson
Chicago Jewish Funerals