Cremation is tragic, but there’s nothing I

can do about it.

YOU can have the Zechus
to make an eternal difference!

Cremation is tragic, but there’s nothing I

can do about it.

YOU can have the Zechus
to make an eternal difference!


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The Painful Reality



Every 16 minutes in the US,
another Jew is cremated

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cremation rate

Approximately half of American Jews are choosing cremation, unfortunately, this trend is growing



In America alone, 30,000 souls are irreparably harmed by cremation every year

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Your People, Your  Opportunity

As Torah-observant Jews, we have the opportunity — and the obligation — to care for all of Hashem’s children.

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Reach out to someone in your life who is at risk of being cremated.
Affect the eternity of another Jew.

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Have you helped someone choose burial over cremation?
Tell us how it happened, and inspire others

Our People, Our  Responsibility

וואס הייסט א מת מצוה אין אמעריקא? א יעדער איד וואס שטארבאט.

In America today, every [secular] Jew who dies is a potential meis mitzvah.

— Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l (circa 1983)


Classically, a meis mitzvah was a body found with no one to bury them. The meis mitzvah of today is choosing cremation, and therefore will not be buried. Caring for the meis mitzvah of today requires a new approach, a proactive approach.

מת בעיר כל בני העיר אסורין בעשיית מלאכה

When someone dies, all of the city’s residents are forbidden from work (until the burial is arranged).
— Moed Katan 27b, Codified in Rambam and Shulchan Aruch.

Each and every one of us is obligated to help each and every Jew receive a proper burial.

Our People, Our  Response

Project Last Kindness, an initiative of the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK), is dedicated to ensuring every Jew receives the benefits of kevurah.

Our effort is two-pronged:

For the Body, the soul, the planet

Educating the broader Jewish community.

Empowering the Orthodox community to reach out.

Each site offers a variety of resources designed to help Jews choose Jewish burial.





Real People, Real Stories

Care enough to get involved. You can make all the difference.

Here’s how people like you succeeded by taking action and reaching out to prevent the cremation of a fellow Jew.

When the Jewish owner of a healthcare facility found out that Misha, an elderly Jew with little family, was likely going to be cremated, he cared enough to say something, and helped Misha put his burial wishes into writing.

Misha was given an eternal gift because someone cared.

When a Jewish couple decided to cremate because they thought it was the more environmentally-friendly option, a caring nurse stepped in and provided them with the true facts – that burial was actually the greener choice.

Cremation was prevented because someone cared.

When Donna learned that her parents were planning to be cremated, she persisted and regularly spoke to them about how important and meaningful burial was to her.

Donna’s parents both received proper kevurah because someone cared.

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Chaim P* is the owner and administrator of an adult medical day care. Last year, a Jewish Russian client passed away and Chaim wanted to give her the final kavod of levayas hameis.  When Chaim inquired about the funeral and burial details, he was told there would be none as she was being cremated.  Chaim tried to speak to the family about the importance of burial but it was too late–their decision was made and set. 

Pained by this experience, Chaim cared enough to start a conversation with Misha, another Jewish Russian client, about his final wishes. Misha, a secular Jew with one intermarried son with whom he had a strained relationship, shared that his son would likely choose cremation since it was the easier and cheaper option. Misha stated that although he did not live a very Jewish oriented life, he felt strongly identified as a Jew and wanted to die as a Jew. 

Encouraged by Chaim’s interest, Misha felt comfortable asking Chaim to ensure he would receive burial – and he did. Chaim helped Misha complete the paperwork assigning decision-making authority for his postmortem care to someone committed to follow through on Misha’s wishes for burial. Within one week of the paperwork completed, Misha returned his soul to his Maker.  Due to Chaim’s interest and assistance, Misha received a tahara and burial k’halacha.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

Sara D.* is a nurse practitioner who has a close relationship with many of her patients.   During an office visit, Sara asked Eileen, a long standing patient if she ever gave thought to her afterlife care wishes.  Eileen said that she and her husband put in their wills that they wanted to be cremated.  

Sara was surprised because Eileen was a strongly identified Reform, Jew heavily involved in the Jewish community. Sara respectfully asked why they had made that choice and opened a conversation.  Eileen shared they were choosing cremation because it was the more environmentally-friendly option. When it was explained how burial is actually the greener choice, Eileen and her husband changed their choice…and their wills. When their time comes, Eileen and her husband will receive proper burial because someone shared information.

  * True environmentalists advocate for green burial — returning the body to the ground in its most natural state.  Jewish Burial = Green Burial. In traditional Jewish burial and through the tahara process, anything external to the body is removed, the body is gently washed and dressed in all natural, completely biodegradable shrouds without metal or plastic. The body is buried in the most eco-friendly simple pine casket.  If state law allows, the body may be buried directly into the ground without any casket at all, as is commonly done in Israel. When a body decomposes, it replenishes nutrients to the earth.

In contrast the ovens used in the cremation process utilize enormous amounts of fossil fuels and release mercury and other toxins into the air.  Some parts of the country have statutory limits on the number of cremations that can be done because of their harmful impact on air quality. The ash remaining from the cremation process is devoid of any DNA and does not provide any replenishment of nutrients to the earth. Of note, embalming, forbidden by Torah law, uses formaldehyde, classified by the CDC as a “highly toxic systemic poison” and the EPA as “a probable human carcinogen”.

**Names have been changed to protect privacy.

Donna A.* is a Baalas Teshuvah. Her mother had a innate fear of being buried, and decided that she wanted to be cremated when she died. Donna’s father believed that cremation was a better choice because it didn’t use up land.

Donna and her husband, Josh*, began to speak with Dona’s parents about burial vs cremation from the time they got married. They shared the benefits of burial and how it was the superior choice for the environment. Every time they went to visit a family grave, they would let Donna’s parents know how special it was for there to be a physical place to visit. They bought them the book Burial vs Cremation by Rabbi Doron Kornbluth. At one point, they bought plots for Donna’s parents. Purchasing plots was a significant financial undertaking for them at the time but they did it as a concrete act of hishtadlus.

Three years after the plots were purchased, Donna’s mother’s health took a downward turn. Donna continued to speak to her mother, explaining that losing her was going to be incredibly painful, a pain that would be exacerbated if she was cremated. Donna also expressed how much she wanted a place to visit after her passing. After years of conversation and seeing how important it was to Donna, Donna’s mother agreed to be buried.  She passed away soon after and was zocheh to kevurah.

After the burial, Donna’s father reimbursed them for the plots and said that he too, decided to be buried. After he passed away, he was buried as well. Every time Donna visits her parents’ graves she takes a picture to send to her siblings – to show them how meaningful burial is. She hopes this will make an impression on them so they too will choose burial for themselves when the time arrives.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

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