Kavod v'Nichum and Gamliel Institute provide resources, education, and training along the Jewish end-of-life continuum: from visiting the sick and pre-planning, to care for the body after death, to providing comfort to the mourners.
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Course 5: Chevrah Kadisha: Ritual, Practice, and Liturgy

Our tradition has a broad and rich liturgy and practice around end-of-life issues. This course examines these in detail, from bikur cholim (visiting the sick) through funeral and burial prayers and issues of mourning and remembrance, and concluding with the Jewish views on the afterlife. (The course does not cover issues around taharah and shmirah, which are the focus of Course 2.)

Topic areas usually included in this course:

                    • Continuum of care
                    • Prayer, liturgy and ritual
                    • What is ritual?
                    • Bikkur cholim (visiting the sick)
                    • Vidui (deathbed confession)
                    • Moment of death and preparations for the funeral
                    • Levayah (accompaniment)
                    • Funeral service, liturgy and ritual
                    • Burial service
                    • Cemeteries
                    • Mourning and community
                    • Remembrance
                    • Kaddish
                    • Jewish ideas of afterlife

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