Jewish Practises - Death and Dying

This information should only be used as a guide as there may be significant variations in practice. Whenever possible, instruction should be sought from the patient, family or religious leader about appropriate practice and behaviour.

see Specific Instructions from Adelaide Rabbi

Three views are current:

  1. at death the soul hovers near the body until after the funeral, when it goes through a process of purification of varying duration, to cleanse it of sin. After this some say that it returns.
  2. the soul must await the Messianic Age when the righteous will be reborn to live in eternal peace and the wicked remain in the dust.
  3. immortality comes through one's descendants not through the immortality of the soul (this is believed by many modern Jews).

After death

Mourners

Funerals

Burial

Shiva

Sheloshim

The Tomb

No mourning for