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Jewish Mourning Traditions

StainedGlass“Death is merely moving from one home to another. The wise man will spend his main efforts in trying to make his future home the more beautiful one.” — Menachem Mendel Morgenstern (1787 – 1859)

A Jewish funeral traditionally occurs as soon as possible. For the most observant, the funeral may take place the same day, circumstances permitting. For others, the funeral usually takes place within a few days of one’s passing. Funerals are scheduled to be compatible with the availability of family, clergy and Hillside Memorial Park.

Jewish custom recognizes that death is an inevitable and necessary part of life. The rituals observed at the time of death and during mourning help us experience our sorrow and find peace through our bonds with family and community. While Jewish funerals are designed for the honor and dignity of the deceased, they are also created for the consolation and comfort of the bereaved.

When a loved one dies, Jewish ritual helps friends and family by guiding them through the mourning process and easing them back into everyday life. Jewish mourners continue to follow centuries of tradition to help them sort through the powerful emotions felt by the loss of loved ones.