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Death in Judaism. Part III in a series exploring the funerary traditions of different faiths

Posted August 21st, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with 2 Comments

Sairah RehmanOur volunteer feature writer Sairah is back with a new feature on Death! This time she has been researching death and mourning traditions in Judaism. Previous articles have been on Death in Islam and Death in Christianity.

We asked Sairah to do this research to help us expand our knowledge of traditions and customs surrounding death as we gear up to open the Newman Brothers factory as an attraction at The Coffin Works in the summer next year. Its also really refreshing having a young person’s perspective built in.

Thanks Sairah for another interesting and informative read. Here is a taster…

“I was aware of sitting Shiva, but the stages of mourning, the acts both of public and private mourning, and the focus on the mourners, and their bodies, was new to me, as someone who viewed funerals as simply quick affairs…” 

Read the full article.

2 Responses to “Death in Judaism. Part III in a series exploring the funerary traditions of different faiths”

  1. Neil August 30, 2013

    Just as a point of local interest, there’s a Jewish cemetery in Birmingham long since abandoned – there’s a good blog post about it here…

    http://stillwalking.org/2012/11/20/sw_visits_the_city_of_the_dead/

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    • Suzanne September 2, 2013

      Thanks Neil. Good to see Laira in there!!

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