Shiva is part of the Jewish grieving ritual. It is a time for friends and family to make a
condolence call (usually at the home of the mourners) so that those who are
grieving can reflect on the death of their loved one and receive comfort and
support from their community. A prayer
service is usually held for the family and all who have come.
The word "shiva" is Hebrew for "seven" and
refers to the seven days that the grieving family traditionally observed this
mourning period although it is now commonly observed only one or two days.
Our Caring Community includes
shiva volunteers who help support families in mourning by serving as “hosts” at
the shiva. This allows the family to
focus on receiving condolences and comfort from visitors.
If you are interested in being part of the Caring Community's team
of shiva volunteers, please contact us for details.