Hel­lo, Good­bye: 75 Rit­u­als for Times of Loss, Cel­e­bra­tion and Change

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2021

Life has many tran­si­tions – from the birth of a baby, to the loss of a par­ent, from get­ting a new job to receiv­ing a diag­no­sis. We all expe­ri­ence these hel­lo or good­bye” moments of change but what do we do to mark them mean­ing­ful­ly? Could our lives be rich­er and more resilient if we had real ways to hon­or, sanc­ti­fy, and make sense of these impor­tant thresholds?

Inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed artist and author, Day Schild­kret believes what we need is rit­u­al. Influ­enced by his reli­gious upbring­ing and decades as a Jew­ish edu­ca­tor, Schild­kret re-inspires Jew­ish rit­u­al for a mod­ern audi­ence. Rit­u­als are our trust­ed guides dur­ing times of change. They give us a sense of sta­bil­i­ty in the face of uncer­tain­ty and remind us that there’s always some­thing we can do to con­jure awe, courage, and gratitude.

Hel­lo, Good­bye is a rit­u­al recipe book for life’s mile­stones. Informed by hun­dreds of inter­views, each chap­ter is devot­ed to a par­tic­u­lar moment of loss, cel­e­bra­tion of change, and is filled with beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions, inspi­ra­tional sto­ry­telling, guid­ing ques­tions, and expe­ri­enced wisdom.

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