End of Life

Mourn

What to Do When A Loved One is Dying

Jewish resources to help you through the final days and hours.

Pray

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberakh

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

Beliefs & Practices

Organ Donation and Judaism

Frequently asked questions about Jewish views on this life-saving procedure.

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Preparing for Death

Ethical wills and more resources for the final days and hours.

Hastening Death vs. Letting Death Come: A Reform View

When it's acceptable to use a "living will" to end treatment of terminally ill patients

Does Judaism Believe in the Right to Die?

An Orthodox understanding of Jewish law work to balance preserving life and alleviating suffering.

Viddui: The Deathbed Confession

Traditional and liberal possibilities for this little-known practice

On Being with Those Who Are Dying

The Jewish tradition of being at the bedside of the dying is of immense value, not only for the dying person but also for those about to be bereaved--and for all of us, who must learn to face death.

Writing and Reading Ethical Wills

On the Jewish custom of leaving a written spiritual legacy for one's children.

Two Conservative Jewish Views on End-of-Life Issues

The Conservative movement validates two opinions on ceasing medical treatment for terminally ill patients.

End of Life Issues: A Jewish Perspective

An introduction to Jewish attitudes toward life support, ceasing medical care, living wills, and caring for patients in their final days

Soloveitchik on Aninut

During aninut, the phase between death and burial, the despairing mourner is freed of ritual obligations.

Death as Estrangement

Mourning customs reflect the depersonalization and distance from God experienced by the mourner who has just confronted the death of a close relative.