Over the ages, Jewish Tradition developed a sensitive and sensible approach to death, grief and recovery. Just as there is a Jewish way of life, there is a Jewish way of death. This webpage is a guide to the initial procedures, laws and customs regarding the loss of a loved one and funeral arrangements, but if you have a rabbi, you may wish to consult with your religious authority about specific policies and practices pertaining to your community or congregation.
For the Jewish faith, you may wish to consult the following brochures:
- When someone you love is dying
- When death is imminent
- From death through burial
- The first year of mourning: From shivah to yahrtzeit
- Yahrzeit and yizkor (Jewish memorial prayers)