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Jewish Death Practices:
Overview / Summary
Origins and History
Visiting the Sick or Dying 

Phases of Death Observance
    Approaching the Time of Death
    Between Death and Burial
    Burial and Cremation 
    Mourning Practices

Spiritual Aspects
Funeral Homes
Funeral Contracts


Chevra Kadisha:
Articles about Chevra Kadisha

Tahara Manuals and Procedures
Tahara Training
Tahara Stories
Tahara Supplies Lists
Funeral Home Supplies


Organ Donation


Infection Control


Next Conference
Previous Conferences


Learning & Resources:
Gamliel Institute

KNIT Resource Center
    Contacts for Answers
    Catalog of Articles
    Additional Links

FAQ About Death and Dying
Modern Dilemmas
Guided Learning
Jewish Sources and  Responsa
Synagogue Brochures
Community Education

Books on the Funeral Industry

Final Rights - Reclaiming the American Way of Death Josh Slocum and Lisa Carlson April 2011
Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America Gary Laderman May 2003
Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love Lisa Carlson November 1998

The American Way of Death Revisited

Jessica Mitford July 1998

The Undertaking : Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

Thomas Lynch July 1997
Profits of Death: An Insider Exposes the Death Care Industries Darryl J. Roberts March 1997
A Plain Pine Box: A Return to Simple Jewish Funerals and Eternal Traditions Arnold Goodman 1981 and 2003
The Cost of Dying and What You Can Do About It  (How to start a co-op mortuary) Raymond Arvio 1974

The American Way of Death

Jessica Mitford 1963

The High Cost of Dying

Ruth Harmer 1963

And some reviews

Book Reviewed Review Title Review Author Review Date
The American Way of Death Revisited The Posthumous Mitford Thomas Lynch July 26, 1998
Profits of Death: An Insider Exposes the Death Care Industries

Press: reviews & publicity

SCI sues author of death care 'exposé'

Lawsuit Dropped!


Chris Carroll

Darryl J. Roberts

January 16, 1998
Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington