Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.
The ancient practice of tearing clothes is a tangible expression of grief and anger in the face of death.
The Kaddish is recited in a prayer service, on a daily or weekly basis, after the death of a close relative.
What you need to know about Judaism's death, mourning and burial practices
Yizkor is the memorial service recited four times a year by the congregation during Jewish holiday services.
What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?
The chevra kadisha is a group of committed Jews who prepare the body for burial.
Lighting candles and saying Kaddish each year in memory of a loved one.
Because a shiva call requires total sensitivity to the needs of the mourner, the tradition mandates appropriate behaviors for the visitor.
Mourners, friends, and relatives accompany the deceased to the grave and help with the burial.
The rabbis mandated a simple wooden coffin to equalize people in death and to enable the return to dust.
A Jewish ritual cleansing of the deceased fulfills the verse from Ecclesiastes 5:14, "As we come forth, so we shall return."
Rites for mothers and fathers are more demanding than those for other relatives, even siblings, spouses and children.
Prayers for Mourners
Two moving renditions of Yizkor to recite in addition to, or in place of the traditional Yizkor prayer.