We are a group of people who want to help the body of Messiah through acts of service when someone is sick or has died. To help those who are mourning and grieving from a loss of a loved one.
We are ordinary people who are learning how to care for those who have died within the Messianic/Torah Pursuant communities. The emphasis of what we are doing is to bring honor, integrity, and respect to the many aspect of the end of life. The goal is to help the death and dying process to be one that brings respect and peace to ones end of life. We also want to be able to bring a spiritual comfort to those who seek it.
We are called to be a set-apart people. A people and nation that seeks to honor Yahweh for all He has done and all He is doing through our lives and to be a light among the nations. When I pass away, my desire is to have other Messianic believers to take care of my physical body. To wash me, clothe me, and to anoint me. I want beloved sisters to prepare me with His Torah on their lips and to present me to our King as a clean and spotless Bride. I want my Yahweh-honoring sisters to be the last physical hands to care for me before I am laid to rest in the grave. It is a way that I can say, Thank You, Yahweh Elohim, for blessing me with this physical body you have given me to use while I was here on earth. I give it back to You, clean and pure.
Our story begins with myself, Theresa. Back in the early 1990’s, when I was living in California, I was taking care of my husband’s grandmother who fell and broke her hip. I found a passion within myself of wanting to help people who are sick, or injured, and needed help. From that time, I acquired my license to be a CNA, which means a Certified Nurse Assistant and began taking care of people who were on hospice, that were dying.I have many years of experience within the hospice field, working with those that are dying. Those years have taught me of the many intricate workings of family dynamics. Some families were beautiful and I learned how to love and support them. Some were more challenging, and I learned how to love and support them.
When I moved to Texas, I became more intrigued with wanting to learn more about what happens to someone after they die. I have been blessed with the opportunity to care for people through many challenging times as they draw near the end of their life, and even have had the blessing of praying with them as they drew their last breath.
I have always felt a void was there in the gap of time when someone passes away. Who is caring for them? How are they being treated? What is the process that happens between death and burial? Are those that are caring for their final needs compassionate and loving?
Those questions have led me to learn about the Chevrah Kadisha. What I have learned is a protocol of taking care of a loved one who has died with the utmost of love and respect that I have encountered. I realized it was the way that people used to be cared for before the funeral homes came into existence.
I want to assist others in starting their own community of compassionate people who attend to the many needs that surround the death of someone within their community.
Death is not to be feared, but to be acknowledged as a fundamental part of the natural process of life. As challenging as it can be, there is always the possibility to bring in peace to the circumstances.
Meet the Founder
Theresa has a passion to want to help others to learn how to care for their own loved ones within their communities before and after someone dies.
Her style of teaching comes from years of experience caring for others in the dying process.
She wants to encourage communities to start helping each other in the areas of suppoort, kindness, compassion, and hospitality when a death happens within their community.