Jewish Mourning

Writing and Reading Ethical Wills

On the Jewish custom of leaving a written spiritual legacy for one's children.

Jewish Attitudes Toward Death

A brief summary of traditional Jewish views of death--including its tragedy and its inevitability.

Confronting Death Before Death Confronts Us

Why we are afraid to think about death--and why we must.

Death and Birth

What it means to enter this world in the same way as we leave it.

The Ethics of Burial and Mourning

The Jewish approach to death and mourning reflects a two-part ethic: the equal treatment of rich and poor in death, and the importance of channeling, and then limiting, our mourning.

Burial and Mourning: A Liberal Approach

The questions that a liberal Jew asks when a loved one dies often go beyond the strict requirements of Jewish law.

Social Action Aspects of Death and Mourning

Giving charity, time, and effort is a traditional and significant way of honoring the memory of one who has died.

Mourning Non-Jewish Loved Ones: A Reform Perspective

Death and burial issues for interfaith families and Jews by choice.