Role of the Shiva Minyan
The daily prayer services in the mourner's home offer community and connection to those facing devastating loss.
How To Sit Shiva
During this Jewish mourning custom, the entire physical environment of the mourner is transformed to acknowledge the immediacy of death.
Helping Children of Different Ages Cope with a Death
Adults help children most when they express their own sorrow and respond to questions in a truthful, yet age-appropriate way.
Why Jews Put Stones on Graves
Although the custom of placing them on a grave probably draws upon pagan customs, the stones also symbolize the permanence of memory.
Kaddish Speaks to Mourners
The Kaddish responds to three questions: Is there a God? Why do people die? What is the meaning of life?
Special Issues in Kaddish
Study in honor of dead; women reciting Kaddish; Kaddish integrating mourners into communities; and hiring someone to say Kaddish.
Filling the Grave
Shoveling dirt onto the coffin is the family's final ritual act of honoring the dead.
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 Tombstone, the Unveiling and Visiting the Grave
What happens at the Jewish cemetery.
When Death Occurs
At death, several gestures indicate respect for the deceased as well as acceptance of the reality of death.