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Jewish Funeral Traditions

As a sign of respect, Jewish families bury the body as soon as possible after death. When the family returns from the cemetery they have a meal called seudat havrach.

A seven-day grieving period begins after the funeral, which is called sitting Shiva. Sitting Shiva is held at the home of the deceased and friends and family say prayers, and give support and condolence. All other daily events are suspended for the mourners to fully re-enter life after the grieving period. Shiva does not require an invitation, however, bringing flowers is not a Jewish custom. Since the religion encourages mourning after a death, there should be no effort to cheer-up the mourners. If friends and family wish to give condolence, donating money to the deceased’s family’s chosen charity is a good option.

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