Jewish funerals are unique in a way that it involves honoring the deceased while at the same time offering comfort to the mourners. Offering memorial gifts during this time is a great way to show the mourners your support and and to pay respect to the deceased.
- Jewish customs discourage sending flowers to the mourners. Instead of flowers, you can give a sympathy basket full of Kosher items like dried fruits, nuts, crackers, cookies, and candies. Send your kosher basket together with a sympathy card.
- During Shiva week, a meal of consolation or Seudat Havra’ah is prepared by relatives and close friends. Traditionally, sweets and desserts are brought into the Shiva house. Bring sweet foods like cakes and fresh fruits.
- You can also donate to charities at the time of the funeral. Contact the Jewish National Fund and plant trees in Israel in the deceased’s name. You can also donate scholarship funds to a Jewish organization.
AllJewishLinks.com recommends Mourner’s KaddishBands which were created to help with the passing of a family member, friend, or loved one, consistent with the recital of the Mourner’s Kaddish.