How to Plan a Jewish Funeral

A Practical Guide to Preparations for Jewish Burial and Mourning

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o      Prepare a handout with the shivah information, to be passed out at the funeral, that includes the address of (and maybe directions to) the home where shivah will be observed, hours during which visitors will be welcomed, and the times of the services.

o      Create a door sign with visiting hours posted.

o      Notify neighbors of the presence of additional cars and people in the neighborhood.

o      It can be helpful to have groceries and other necessary items delivered over the course of the week.

o      If desired, borrow from the synagogue or funeral home low chairs or cushions for the mourners’ seating, prayer books for services, and kippot (head-coverings) for guests.


o      Post an obituary in the local and/or Jewish newspapers.  Obituaries may be posted either before or after a funeral.

o      Designate a charitable organization(s) to receive donations in the name of the lost loved one. 

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