Death & Mourning
Must I shovel dirt into the grave? Why is the coffin not opened for viewing at Jewish funerals? How do I let my friends know that donations to a favorite charity in memory of the deceased would be appreciated? We answer all basics about attending and planning a Jewish funeral.Read More
Preparing for DeathDeath & Mourning 101
Much attention is paid to treating the dead with respect and to comforting mourners.Dying
Jewish tradition invites us to think about our mortality long before our own deaths.Preparing for Death
Some hasidic rebbes taught their disciples not only how to live, but also how to die.Ethical Wills
On the Jewish custom of leaving a written spiritual legacy for one's children.Viddui (Confession)
Traditional and liberal possibilities for this little-known practice.
From planning, to funeral, to shiva and the year that follows.Funeral FAQs
Addressing common questions about Jewish funeral customs.Graveside Service
Mourners, friends, and relatives accompany the deceased to the grave and help with the burial.Stones on Graves
What do the stones symbolize? Where does the custom come from?Planning a Funeral
A practical guide to preparations for Jewish burial and mourning.
Jewish mourning customs reflect the natural course of grief and recovery following the death of a loved one.Shiva
Shiva is observed in the home as an intensive mourning period for close relatives.Shiva Customs
The entire physical environment of the mourner acknowledges the immediacy of death.How to Make a Shiva Call
Visiting a shiva requires total sensitivity to the needs of the mourner.Ending Shiva
Getting up and walking around the block marks the end of a week of mourning.
GrievingDeath Teaches About Life
Death does not contradict life; it teaches us about the meaning of human existence.Kaddish
Mourner's Kaddish is recited on a daily or weekly basis after the death of a close relative.Yahrzeit
Customs to observe on the anniversary of a death.Year of Mourning
Showing respect to one's parents, even after they die.Jewish Tombstone Customs
All are equal in death.