Mourn

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

How to Plan a Jewish Funeral

A practical guide to preparations for Jewish burial and mourning.

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberakh

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

Chevra Kadisha, or Jewish Burial Society

The chevra kadisha is a group of committed Jews who prepare the body for burial.

Yahrzeit: Remembering on the Anniversary of a Death

Lighting candles and saying Kaddish each year in memory of a loved one.

How to Make a Shiva Call

Because a shiva call requires total sensitivity to the needs of the mourner, the tradition mandates appropriate behaviors for the visitor.

Who Mourns for Whom?

Jewish law details which family relationships require traditional mourning practices.

Mourning Non-Jewish Loved Ones: A Reform Perspective

Death and burial issues for interfaith families

Mourning a Non-Relative

How should one cope with the death of a friend, or the death of an ex-spouse?

How Not to Comfort Mourners

The worst things to say to someone who is grieving.

The Graveside Service

Mourners, friends, and relatives accompany the deceased to the grave and help with the burial.

The Casket, or Aron

The rabbis mandated a simple wooden coffin to equalize people in death and to enable the return to dust.