Stories like Brenda’s are why we help older New Yorkers visit their family’s burial places

Many older adults in New York are unable to travel to cemeteries in order to visit their loved ones’ final resting places. To address this issue Riverdale Y organized visits to Jewish cemeteries throughout the New York area for the High Holidays.

Brenda, a member of the Y’s older adult center, registered for the cemetery visits as soon as registration opened.

Unfortunately, her father passed away when she was only six years old. She didn’t attend his funeral due to her young age at the time of his death and has never visited his grave.

Yesterday, Brenda finally visited her father’s resting place for the first time in her life. She also visited the graves of her paternal grandparents, including the grandmother she was named after. It was a tremendously meaningful experience for Brenda and all those on the trip.

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