The trying and painful moments preceding and concurrent to a funeral service require from clergy the sensitivity and empathy that will provide the mourners comfort and peace of mind. No efforts should be spared to accomplish this objective, as well as the dignified farewell to the deceased that our Tradition regards as an essential deed towards a fellow human being.
Both the necessary details pertaining to the participants in the funeral and interment service are given as much attention and time as needed, with the family’s input and anecdotes reflected in my remarks.
Needless to say that any pertinent questions related to Jewish law and customs regarding death and mourning receive all the necessary consideration, even following the day of the funeral.
Usually a more intimate affair, the unveiling ceremony allows the family members of the dear departed to achieve emotional closure while honoring and recalling his or her memory.
It is a chance to continue to reaffirm both, the impact and the timelessness of his or her legacy in a less stressful setting.
In my officiating at unveilings, I tailor the service to include readings and meditations that invite for broader participation from family and loved ones.
After the burial, it is customary for the family to “sit Shivah,” observing the seven-day mourning period that begins immediately after the funeral. During this time, services are held at the family's place of shivah and it is appropriate to visit the home of the bereaved.
copyright @ 2015 mygotorabbi.com. All rights reserved