|my parents a few years ago here in Israel|
Today our family is spread out all over the world, doing all sorts of things, but we were once your typical New York Jewish family. Both of my parents were the first generation to be born in America. They (and I) were born in Brooklyn, New York. Then we lived in Bayside, NY and after that Great Neck, just over the City Line.
Now my sister is in Arizona, and I'm in Israel. Our brother is still on Long Island. We have cousins and their children much further afield.
Many of the cousins from both sides and some old friends will be making every effort to be together at my mother's funeral. That will be a comfort.
*local Orthodox rabbi