If a professional, such as a family doctor, lawyer or accountant with whom there is a close relationship, passes, it is appropriate to pay respects. The local paper or the shiva coordinator should have information about the funeral in addition to information for those interested in making a shiva call.

A donation or condolence basket for mourners is a meaningful gesture and a symbol of appreciation for the years of service provided by the decedent. A donation to a designated charity, hospital or other institution that was important to the individual shows the mourning family that the deceased had a lasting impact on a person's life. Oftentimes, the support that comes from unexpected people, such as the deceased's former patients or clients, are the ones that can leave a long-lasting impact on the bereaved.