“When someone dies,” Gal Zaychner writes, “there are all kinds of things you have to take care of: You have to organize a funeral, and the burial, and then orchestrate a whole shiva. You have to notify everyone, and cancel all your meetings and appointments. Basically, you have to stop short while the whole world keeps on going.” This – of course – is true of any death. But when an infant dies, the entire ordeal becomes all the more complicated.
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Two days after he died, Noah’s body was released from the morgue. The coroner’s report was brief – it simply stated that the child had been “cared-for and well-kempt.” Then came the question of what to do with the corpse. And for Gal and Michael, the answer was far from being simple or straightforward.
Almost immediately after Noah’s death, Gal and Michael began thinking of getting pregnant again. After all, everyone around them seemed to be insisting that they have another kid. But deep down Gal knew that no matter how many other children she might have, nothing would ever fill the gaping hole in her heart.
Nicole Raviv read Gal Zaychner’s essays, which were first published in Haaretz, and were then translated by Mitch Ginsburg. The episode was recorded at Nomi Studios, and was mixed by Sela Waisblum. Zev Levi scored and sound designed it with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Thanks to Alma Elliott Hoffman, Ross Bordow and Gideon Bialkin.