Shiva is observed by family and friends, usually in the home of the deceased. Shiva begins on the day of burial and continues until the morning of the seventh day after burial, although many families shorten this period to two or three days. Prayer services are usually held at the location of the shiva amongst family, friends, and neighbors.
After the burial, a relative, friend, or Shir Tikvah member prepares the first meal for the mourners - the se'udat havra'ah, or the meal of condolence. This traditionally includes eggs (a symbol of life), bread, and other light items. This meal is typically for the family only. There are many variations of the above traditions and certainly many more traditions associated with the Jewish period of mourning.
It is important for each person to observe in a way that is personally meaningful. When members of Shir Tikvah lose close family members, the Shiva Committee is available to help in whatever way feels right for them.
Our Shiva Committee exists to help people around the basic needs upon the loss of a loved one. This might include providing general support when family and friends call, providing the traditional meal upon return from the cemetery, and dinners for the family during Shiva.
For more information on life cycle events or shiva support, contact us.