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Timeline of Jewish Mourning

Key Jewish milestones after the loss of a loved one

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Jewish Mourning FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Jewish traditions related to death and mourning,

Why Jews Need to Talk About Death

Conversations about end-of-life wishes are easy to procrastinate. But you shouldn’t.

Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Care

Jewish approaches to medical decision-making for the terminally ill.

How to Organize a Shiva

A checklist and advice for preparing a Jewish house of mourning.

A Guide for Jewish Mourners

What to expect and how to find support at each stage of the bereavement process.

Words of Comfort for Mourners

Our favorite Jewish poems, quotes and other texts for times of loss.

Must-Know Jewish Death and Mourning Terms

Whether you've lost a loved one or are simply paying a shiva visit, these words and phrases are helpful to know.

How to Have Someone Buried in Israel

What to do if you or a loved one wants a final resting place in an Israeli cemetery.

Shiva: What You Need to Know

Questions and answers about traditions for the seven-day Jewish mourning period.

Why Do Jews Put Stones on Graves?

Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.

Jewish Views on Cremation

Taboo in Jewish tradition, but increasingly popular nonetheless.

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberakh

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

The Jewish Funeral, or Levaya

A Jewish funeral is held as quickly as possible after death and usually includes readings, a eulogy, and a special memorial prayer.