Death & Mourning

Learn everything you need to know about Jewish mourning rituals.

Have you just experienced a lose of a loved one?

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.

Jewish Mourning Rituals: An Overview

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.

A Jewish Guide to Helping Your Friend in Mourning

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.

Jewish Mourning Rituals: Caring for the Body

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.

Jewish Mourning Rituals: The Funeral

The word for funeral in Judaism is levaya, which means accompanying. To accompany a person to their final resting place is an act of love and kindness for both the deceased and their family and this video explains a few of the Jewish practices to expect

Kaddish: The Jewish Mourner’s Prayer

Learn to say the Mourner’s Kaddish – Jewish Prayer of Mourning – with this simple karaoke style video that combines the original Aramaic, a simple transliteration and the English translation. The Kaddish is in Aramaic, not Hebrew, except for the last sentence.

The Man Who Buried His Own Leg

What would drive a man to bury his own amputated leg? Jewish paranoia, of course. Find out about what’s possibly the weirdest religious custom ever in three minutes of animated narashkeit.

 

Before I Lost my Hair: A Jewish Reflection of Psalm 90

By Rachel Lopez Rosenberg

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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