Never Long Enough is an illustrated poem about losing a loved one that evokes emotion, honors precious memories and provides comfort.

For those seeking comfort and solace

This book is meant to be shared with a person nearing the end of life or with family and friends grieving the loss of a loved one.

By people who know and care

Never Long Enough was written by an expert in grief counseling and illustrated by an expert in art therapy.

To unlock emotions and heal the heart

The book is designed to create an emotional experience. Through stirring words and images, the reader is encouraged to recognize and express their feelings as they honor the memory of their loved one.

Through darkness of grief to vibrant colors of life

As the illustrations move from black and white to full color, this book ushers the reader through their feelings of loss toward acceptance.

More About the Book

In creating Never Long Enough—a unique book about the end of life, Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff and artist Dr. Michelle Y. Sider brought together their many years of professional expertise with families. Krakoff drew on lessons learned through years of counseling adults and children wrestling with death, grief, and remembrance. Sider’s career working as an artist, arts educator and psychologist influenced her approach in creating evocative images that demonstrate how art can help to unlock emotions and heal the heart. Together, they crafted an interactive keepsake book for families and friends, complete with pages to add personal reflections thereby transforming the book into an individualized tribute to a loved one.

Never Long Enough is designed to be read along with someone nearing the end of life — or, it can be read by mourners after a death. Whenever this book is opened, it becomes an active invitation for conversation, lifting up memories and preserving the legacy of someone’s life.

For many years, I’ve been working with families to guide them through honest conversations about the legacy and the values that remain even as someone we love dies, Krakoff says. This text has already comforted so many families through this difficult, emotionally charged time.

I’ve seen how art can help people express themselves, bring out their feelings and tell stories. By weaving the words and art together, I hope the reader will move slowly through the pages and reflect deeply on the words. Reading and responding to this book as an individual or with loved ones becomes a very compelling and helpful experience. says Sider.

Krakoff originally developed the thought-provoking text while in Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. As he shared that text with families, he realized that powerful imagery would heighten the healing process of reflection. Sider, inspired by the text, envisioned pairing phrases in the poem to original art. Using various techniques, she created stirring images that powerfully illuminate the text, are inclusive of different ethnicities, religions, and relationships, and culminate in a final, powerful blend.

Title: Never Long Enough: Finding comfort amidst grief and loss

Authors: Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff & Dr. Michelle Y. Sider

Available Formats: Paperback & Hardcover


Publish Date: February 28, 2017

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-942011-78-1


Publish Date: April 14, 2017

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-942011-80-4

Genre: Self-help, social science

Subjects: Death, grief, bereavement

Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches

Page Count: 78

Illustration Count: 30

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Praise for Never Long Enough

A beautiful book, poetic and wise and comforting. Read it for yourself and for those you love.

Rabbi David Wolpe
Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA

In this work, Rabbi Krakoff and Dr. Sider express with an elegantly simple sensitivity the goodness with which Almighty God stamps the loving bonds that make up the fabric of our mortal existence. I am confident that this beautiful book will help those who mourn find comfort in recognizing the blessings God gave them through their loved ones who have passed from this world to the next.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, MI

Never Long Enough is just what the doctor ordered and definitely what God inspired. This beautiful work transcends race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation as everyone in the human family must one day face the death of a loved one. And when that happens, we inevitably ask God, ‘Why now?’ Even when my grandmother died at 94 and my father at 38, I equally felt that I didn’t have them long enough. Yet, the comforting words contained in this cutting-edge book touched my heart fifty years after my father’s death and eighteen years after my grandmother’s death. As you read these pages, you will agree that life is Never Long Enough.

Pastor Reverend Kenneth Flowers
Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit, MI

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Upcoming Events

Book Signing at House on Main

When: Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

What: Book signing for Never Long Enough at House on Main

Where: House on Main, 803 North Main Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Presentation & Book Signing at Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 6:30 pm

What: Presentation on Grief and Mourning followed by Book Signing

Where:  Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 586 Owens Street, Detroit, MI 48202

Book Speaking Event at the Jewish Book Fair

When: Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 1:30 pm

What: Rabbi Krakoff and Dr. Sider will be speaking on Never Long Enough at the Jewish Book Fair

Where: Jewish Community Center, 6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Michelle Y. Sider Illustration Exhibit

When: November 15 — December 23, 2017

What: Williamston Theatre Gallery exhibit featuring sets of 5 condolence cards with Michelle Y. Sider’s original illustrations from Never Long Enough and copies of the book for sale at the Williamston Theatre box office

Where: Williamston Theatre Gallery, 122 South Putnam Street, Williamston, MI

Rabbi Krakoff and Dr. Sider are available for book signings and speaking events.

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