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Ask the Conservative Rabbi: Death and Mourning in Judaism

Conservative Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner provides answers to questions about Death and Mourning in Judaism.
How can I mourn a Jewish family member with an unknown Hebrew name?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is what to do when one needs to mourn the loss of a family member and the Hebrew name is unknown.
Would it be appropriate to get a gift for my Jewish friend in mourning?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked what is an appropriate mourning or memorial gift to give a Jewish friend in mourning.
Does Judaism provide any prayers we can say when burying our beloved pet dog?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked if Judaism provides any prayers that can be recited when burying a beloved pet dog.
Must Conservative Jews recite the mourner's kaddish prayer three times a day?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked if a Conservative Jew needs to recite the mourner's kaddish prayer three times a day?
On Yom Kippur, should I light one Yahrzeit candle for each parent or for both?
According to Jewish practice, on Yom Kippur should I light one Yahrzeit candle for each of my parents or one for both of them?
Who should remove the cloth during an unveiling ceremony?
According to Jewish practice, can my sister and I remove the cloth during our mother's unveiling ceremony?
Can we have two family unveiling ceremonies on one day?
According to Jewish practice, can we have two family unveiling ceremonies on the same day?
Should we send invitations to an unveiling ceremony?
According to Jewish practice, can one send cards inviting people to an unveiling ceremony? Sending invitations to such a sad occassion seem strange.
With no rabbi available, where can I find content for an unveiling ceremony?
According to Jewish practice, can I have an unveiling ceremony without a rabbi officiating? If so, where can I find materials to do the unveiling ceremony myself?
Can I have an unveiling ceremony 14 months after the death?
According to Jewish practice, can I have an unveiling ceremony for my mother even though more than a year has passed since her death? Must a rabbi officiate at the ceremony?
Conservative Rabbi - Must Conservative Jews who die be buried in a shroud and laid to rest in the ground?
Must Conservative Jews who die be buried in a shroud and laid to rest in the ground?
Conservative Rabbi - What does Jewish Law say about funerals and mourning rituals during Passover?
What does Jewish Law say about funerals and mourning rituals during Passover?
Conservative Rabbi - Am I entitled to Jewish burial if I donate organs after I die?
As a conservative Jew can I donate my usable organs after I die? What is I have a transplanted organ, can I still have a Jewish burial?
Jewish Practice - Memorial Candle for one deceased less than 30 days
According to Jewish practice, can I light a memorial candle for someone deceased less than 30 days?
Sitting Shiva for Still-born Baby
When a child is still-born, does one sit shiva?
Cremation in Judaism
Is cremation allowed in Judaism? Why or why not?
Gravestone and Funeral for Intermarried, Non-Practicing Jew
What kind of Jewish content can be included in my mother's gravestone and funeral, even though she married outside her faith and did not practice Judaism?
Hebrew Name of Deceased
How can I find the Hebrew name of a deceased relative for his gravestone and funeral?
Kriah Ribbon - How Long to Wear
How long should one, who is sitting shiva, wear the kriah ribbon or torn garment of mourning according to Judaism?
Meals for Bereaved
What should I serve at the first meal after the funeral for my bereaved friend?
Pregnant Women at the Cemetery
Can pregnant women attend a Jewish burial service at a cemetery?
Rocks on Graves
Why do Jews place rocks on graves (like in the movie Schindler's List)?
Unveiling - Dates
What is the appropriate date for an unveiling?
Unveiling - Rabbi
Is it necessary to have a rabbi officiate at an unveiling ceremony?
Yahrzeit Candles - Fire Safety
How can I guard against a fire from the 24-hour memorial candle?
Yahrzeit Candles - Lighting Dates and Times
When should I light Yahrzeit (memorial) candles?
Yahrzeit on Shabbat
How is a Yahrzeit (anniversary of a death) remembered if it falls on the Sabbath?
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