Mourning Practices in Judaism

Shiva is practiced in Judaism and it is the seven-day mourning period following the burial of a close relative or friend. Shiva begins once the casket is covered with earth and ends seven days after the Morning Prayer service. In the event that Shiva begins before a major holiday such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Passover, Shiva is considered complete and the remaining mourning days are nullified. The day before Rosh Hashanah is one of the special times for visiting the gravesite. Instead of flowers, a small stone is traditionally placed upon the grave to show that someone visited the beloved.

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