JEWISH LAW REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING...
TAHARAH / PURIFICATION
Ecclesiastes stated, "As he came, so shall he go." Just as a newborn child is immediately washed and enters this world clean and pure, so shall a person who departs this world be cleansed and made pure. The traditional washing and dressing of the deceased with dignity, performed by trained members of the Chevra Kadisha (Sacred Society). Men prepare men while women prepare women in accordance with Jewish traditional law.
SHMEERAH / WATCHING
The deceased should not be left unattended until interment is completed. Psalms are traditionally recited by the Shomer (Watcher).
TACHRICHIM / BURIAL GARMENTS
A full set of traditional white clothing, preferably made of linen, includes: hat, shirt, pants, jacket, belt, and wrapping sheet. This symbolizes equality and purity.
ORON / CASKET
The wooden casket in keeping with the Biblical teaching "For dust art thou and to the dust thou shalt return" (Genesis 3:19)
K'REEAH / TEARING OF GARMENTS
The rending of the mourners' outer garments, a symbol of their anguish and grief.
PRAYING AND SAYING KADDISH
It is a mitzvah for prayer services to be held during the seven-day mourning period at the home of the deceased. Kaddish is said for 11 months after the passing of the deceased and on the day of the Yahrzeit