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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

Ethics and Consumer Advocacy


Funeral Consumers Alliance
Dedicated to a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.    Filed a lawsuit in federal court in California seeking to stop the country's three largest funeral homes chains and the nation's largest casket maker) Service Corporation International, Alderwoods Group, Inc., Stewart Enterprises, Inc., and Batesville Casket Company) from shutting out competition and fixing casket prices at artificially high levels.


Funeral Ethics Organization
Promotes ethical dealings in all death-related transactions by working for better understanding of ethical issues among funeral, cemetery, memorial industry practitioners, law enforcement, organ procurement organizations, and state agencies, as well as better understanding between these and the general public.

Interfaith Funeral Information Committee

" OVERVIEW of the funeral industry's unjust prices and tactics - and the suffering inflicted on families by your neighborhood mortuaries."

Funeral Ethics Association
"Promotes and advances the ethical practice of funeral service – a balanced forum for resolving misunderstandings and to elevate the importance of ethical practices in all matters related to funeral service."
Sample Exam


"After you have read the 'Manual of Professional Practice' and the ethics segments, you will have reinforced your ethical decision making abilities and will be ready to participate in the game portion of 'Undertaking Ethics'. Sample case studies require you to evaluate and choose the best solution among four choices."

Undertaking Ethics - Manual of Professional Practice

of the Funeral Ethics Association

published by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions

"In the United States, where Judeo-Christian tradition has fostered respect for the human dead and considerations of public health require protection of the living against infection or contagion, the direction of funerals and the disposition of human remains is entrusted to a specialized group: funeral directors."

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington