Mourning Rituals

Mourning Rituals

Sheloshim: The Bridge to a New Normal

The ritual of shiva is well known. Why do we mark 30 days of mourning, too?

Mourning Rituals

The Mourner’s Kaddish Is Misunderstood

The prayer does not praise (or even name) God. Here’s why.

Sitting Shiva

When It’s OK To Say Nothing

At shiva, the mourner gets to decide whether or not to initiate conversation.

How to Organize a Shiva

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

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