Shiva

Shiva

A spiritual arm around us

What do you say? How do you say it? What are all the customs about? Someone has just lost a loved family member, how can you possibly offer any comfort? ‘Shiva: a spiritual arm around us’ is intended to help family and friends participate in a shiva and make it meaningful for the mourners who they’ve come to support.

The support of friends is so significant to the fabric of family and community that Jewish tradition believes it’s a greater deed to visit a house of mourning than a house of rejoicing. Giving comfort and support to people who have lost someone is one of life’s most meaningful acts.

This booklet is intended to help family and friends participate in a shiva and make it meaningful for the mourners who they’ve come to support. The prayer service is laid out in Hebrew along with a ‘modern amida’, a non-literal contemporary English translation of the ancient prayer. You’ll also find some thoughts about loss that may be helpful.

Take a peak inside ‘Shiva’ here.

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