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Death & Mourning Tools

Your toolkit for talking about death from a Jewish perspective

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Life Cycle Ceremonies

Info on Jewish and interfaith life cycle ceremonies: bris, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, weddings, funerals, etc.

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Embalming and Cremation

Explanation of the Jewish prohibitions against embalming and cremation, and discussion of modern approaches to cremation.

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Jewish Mourning Customs: An Introduction

An explanation of who the official mourners are in the Jewish tradition.

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Guide to Death and Mourning for Interfaith Families

Information about death and mourning for interfaith families and non-Jews looking for information on Jewish funerals.

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Mourning on a Schedule

A brief overview of how Jewish mourning changes one week, one month and one year after a loved one’s death.

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Planning Your Own Funeral or Someone Else’s

Tips on planning a funeral for a member of an interfaith family.

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Preparing the Body for Burial

Explanation of the preparation of a dead body for burial in the Jewish tradition.

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Purification on the Borders of Life and Death

Explanation of the origins of Jewish burial practices.

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Recommended Resources on Death and Mourning

Recommended websites and books on Jewish death and mourning.

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