How to Find a Yahrzeit Date
Resources for finding — and remembering — the Hebrew anniversary of a loved one's death.
Ask the Expert: Caring for Jewish Bodies
What's the appropriate post-mortem care for a Jewish person?
The Burial and the Image of God
Prompt burial of the deceased helps to preserve the dignity of the human being, who is made in the image of God, even in death.
Shiva Prohibitions Embody Depersonalization
The specific prohibitions on mourners during the shiva period reflect the mourner's sense of estrangement from the life force.
Sephardic Customs During Shiva
A number of Sephardic shiva customs involve individual and communal study.
The Mourner During Aninut
The earliest phase of mourning, aninut, which occurs between death and burial, applies to immediate family members.
Development and History of Kaddish
The Kaddish originated as an expression of praise to God following a learned discourse.
Kaddish Speaks to Mourners
The Kaddish responds to three questions: Is there a God? Why do people die? What is the meaning of life?
Filling the Grave
Shoveling dirt onto the coffin is the family's final ritual act of honoring the dead.
When Death Occurs
At death, several gestures indicate respect for the deceased as well as acceptance of the reality of death.