On July 21, World Dog Day has been celebrated since 2004. It is not an official celebration or holiday, but various civil associations, including the WHO, World Health Organization, have scheduled this date in order to raise awareness about the immense number of dogs that are abandoned or waiting to be adopted. It is claimed, according to world statistics, that up to 70% of the dog population is homeless.
In the times we live where the fear of death becomes real, we are faced with the uncertainty of finding ourselves ill and losing loved ones suddenly. We face the sadness of receiving an urn of ashes and of not having practiced a funeral, a ceremony, a farewell; there remains the impotence of not having done anything and of not understanding what we have been through.
The Shiva tradition, which takes place the next seven days after the funeral, is a long family gathering where the members spend time sitting in an attitude of contemplation on death, during that time abundant food is served. The family is visited by close friends and relatives who contribute additional dishes. They are served as buffets and eating is a great consolation in mourning, according to Jewish custom.