Sheloshim: The Bridge to a New Normal
The ritual of shiva is well known. Why do we mark 30 days of mourning, too?
The Mourner’s Kaddish Is Misunderstood
The prayer does not praise (or even name) God. Here’s why.
When It’s OK To Say Nothing
At shiva, the mourner gets to decide whether or not to initiate conversation.
Jewish Mourning FAQ
Frequently asked questions about Jewish traditions related to death and mourning.
Finding Support at Each Stage of Grief
What Jewish mourners can expect 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.
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.
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.
The Basics of Kriah, or Tearing a Piece of Clothing
The ancient practice of tearing clothes is a tangible expression of grief and anger in the face of death.
How to Give a Jewish Eulogy (Hesped)
This speech honoring the deceased is an important ancient Jewish custom.
The Mourner’s Kaddish: A Memorial Prayer in Praise of God
What you need to know about this Jewish prayer recited in memory of the dead.
Jewish Death and Mourning 101
What you need to know about Judaism's death, mourning and burial practices