Sitting Shiva


Timeline of Jewish Mourning

Key Jewish milestones after the loss of a loved one


Kaddish, a Memorial Prayer in Praise of God

The Kaddish is recited in a prayer service, on a daily or weekly basis, after the death of a close relative.

Jewish Death and Mourning 101

What you need to know about Judaism's death, mourning and burial practices

Comforting Jewish Mourners: Nihum Avelim

Respect for the deceased, kindness and concern for those who mourn.

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

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.

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.

Ending Shiva

Getting up and walking around the block marks the end of a week of mourning.

Meal of Consolation

The ritual meal after a Jewish funeral.

Role of the Shiva Minyan

The daily prayer services in the mourner's home offer community and connection to those facing devastating loss.

Shiva, the First Seven Days of Mourning

Shiva is observed in the home as an intensive mourning period for close relatives.

Spiritual Medicine

Jewish sages decided that intense mourning time should be seven days only.

When A Friend Dies

On extending Jewish mourning rituals to non-traditional mourners.