Learn everything you need to know about Jewish mourning rituals.
The Jewish rituals around death focus on treating the dead with respect and on comforting the mourners. The death of a loved one is a very disorienting time, and isn’t something many people think about until it’s actually happening to them. Understanding Jewish mourning rituals may help provide you with support during the grieving process.
The death of a loved one is a very disorienting time, and isn’t something many people think about until it’s actually happening to them. Understanding some of the traditions and the structured periods of mourning that Judaism offers may help provide some support in the grieving process.
Shiva is a word people use to explain the week-long mourning period in Judaism. When friends and loved ones lose someone, it can be hard to know how to support them. This video on the Jewish practice of Shiva helps explain about the specific mourning practices in Judaism, and what your friend needs from you.
In Judaism, traditions around death have two purposes – to comfort the living, and to show respect for the dead. Understanding some of the more nuanced Jewish traditions and rituals for caring for a body before the funeral may help provide some support in a grieving process.
Many of the oldest poems on record are associated with prayer and some of our best examples of ancient Jewish poetry are inside the Book of Psalms. Through original poetry, animations and music Rachel Lopez Rosenberg and Charlie Corriea parallel the structure and themes of Psalm 90 with personal hospice chaplain experience.
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