A time to mourn: Reflections on Jewish bereavement practices

Abeles, Margi and Katz, Jeanne Samson (2010). A time to mourn: Reflections on Jewish bereavement practices. Bereavement Care, 29(1) pp. 19–22.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02682620903560890


Jewish people in many western countries are often well integrated into their host societies. There is, therefore, considerable variation in the observance of Jewish rituals and experiences of grief and mourning within Jewish communities. This article explains some aspects of traditional ritual and practice in relation to mourning among Jewish people living in the UK. However, care should be taken not to make assumptions about the customs and practices of people from particular faith communities. Bereavement supporters should offer clients opportunity and encouragement to explain the meanings they attribute to their loss in the context of their particular needs and circumstances.

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