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Death and Mourning

You're intermarried or a convert and a relative dies. How do you pay a shiva call or approach going to a wake for the first time? How does a Jewish funeral work? If you've converted, should you still maintain the rituals of your relative's religion? Death is painful enough without dealing with religious conflict. Learn how others have dealt with this difficult time.

 Guide

If you are in an interfaith family, you may be coping with some unusual circumstances around death and mourning, facing more firsts than the average mourner. Our Guide to Death and Mourning for Interfaith Families will answer your questions.

 
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 Reference

Explaining the Jewish custom of shiva (the first week of mourning), what to expect, and appropriate behavior when paying a shiva call (going to the mourner's home), this is one of the most popular resources on our site: How to Pay A Shiva Call.

   
     
 What to Say

Like many cultures and religions, Judaism has it's own phrases for times of joy and times of sorrow. Learn what to say (and avoid saying) when you see someone on a sad occasion with our Jewish Greeting Cheat Sheet.

   
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 From Others

Looking for advice? Wondering how others mourned in different religions or planned family members' funerals? Our discussion boards and article archives have plenty of resources:

 
     

 

Hebrew for "seven," refers to the seven days of mourning following the funeral of a family member.
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