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Last Requests

The death of the Prince of Pringle's.

Published: June 14, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 32

(32) Anonymous, June 21, 2008 4:21 PM

A Request is only a request.

I agree with the Rabbi, we should be more respectful and thought-full when following or doing a person's last request. And after all, it can only be requested, it cannot be enforced. I cannot force someone to do what I want after I die. Likewise I cannot be forced to put a bowling ball on a grave or put someone's ashes into a Pringle's can - I am choosing to follow the request. So not only does it say something about the deceased when the last request is honored, it says something about the friends and family that honored the request. Was I so foolish as to do anything my friend or family member asked me to do while they were alive? Why should I be so foolish as to do so now they are dead?!!

(31) Sheila Halet, June 20, 2008 11:08 AM

Very Interesting

Thanks for the information!!! Nice video - Dr. and Shabbat Shalom

(30) Samuel Shultz, June 20, 2008 5:13 AM

Be buried the proper way

I am a conservative Jew who is converting to Orthodox Judaism. (I am converting because my mother who wasn't not born Jewish converted to Conservative Judaism). I agree with u 100%. I myself would like to be buried in either Boston, my hometown or Jerusalem my favorite town.

(29) Anonymous, June 19, 2008 12:03 PM

Last Requests Should Be Holy

My mother has told me for many years that when she passes, may it not be for years to come, she would like a roulette wheel on her grave so that people can spin it when they go to visit her. Every single time, I have told her absolutely not because I love her too much to reduce her life to a game of chance. As Jews, we know that all of our lives are intricately woven in a masterpiece tapestry that only Hashem can see.

What I have seen that I do like is a slideshow of pictures of the deceased person right on the gravestone. That is a beautiful way to commemorate them and give people an idea of who they really were, rather than a hobby they had.

(28) hersh, June 19, 2008 10:40 AM

to francile

look in the laws of mourners it says all the laws regarding what we do after a person passes away. We have to treat the dead with the utmost respect. our bodys dont belong to us. They belong to g-d. so my freind respect your self,respect your neighbor and most of all respect G-D.

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