Jewish Burial and Mourning Practices
How to Say El Maleh Rahamim
This prayer asking God to grant rest to departed souls is often recited at funerals.
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.
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.