Understanding Shiva

When someone of the Jewish faith passes away, shiva is an important part of the funeral and mourning process. If you want to support a Jewish friend who has lost a loved one after the funeral services are over, you may wish to visit them while they sit shiva. This video will help you understand what to expect.

Shiva is a period of mourning that begins after funeral services and burial. Although shiva can last for an extended period of time, when most people talk about shiva, they are talking about the seven-day period after someone is buried during which the family “sits shiva.” They sit on low stools or on the ground as an act of respect and of support for each other in their mourning. Friends may visit the family during this time to offer their condolences and support.

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