Jewish Bereavement

Shiva and Work

Shiva usually means an entire week off work.

Why Bury?

A three-part argument against an increasing trend, even among Jews, towards cremation instead of burial.

Women and Kaddish

Can women say the Mourner's Kaddish?

When a Jewish Child Dies

It may feel like walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

How to Plan a Jewish Funeral

A practical guide to preparations for Jewish burial and mourning.

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.

Special Issues in Mourning

The Jewish tradition explains how converts are to mourn, whether a wedding should be postponed and the kohen's delimited relationship to the dead.