Visiting a Shiva Home

Mourning in the Jewish faith is a very personal process, as each individual mourns and reflects differently. In many instances extended family, friends and general members of the community, including those who belong to the temple, where the decedent was a member, will pay their condolences and show support to the mourners. It is not uncommon for co-workers and even somewhat casual acquaintances to offer support during this time, as well. This section will introduce to you the appropriate and respectful etiquette that is appreciated when supporting a mourner during Shiva.

Who Makes a Shiva Call

As a comforter, making a shiva call is one of the most important acts of condolence...

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What to Expect

Traditionally, a shiva home is a solemn place. Friends and family gather in a central location to...

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How to Act

In the traditional sense, visitors making a shiva call are customarily to enter the house in a quiet and ...

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What to Say

Upon entering the shiva house, visitors are to not address the mourners with typical greetings such as ‘Hello’...

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