Death & Mourning

Death, loss, and mourning are among the most difficult and transformative parts of life. The comfort of Judaism — and of being part of a community like the DJC — means we don’t have to bear it alone.

Rabbi Miriam offers spiritual support, and is honoured to officiate at funerals, including conducting a non-denominational ceremony when a non-Jewish member of the community dies.

If a loved one has died:

  1. Contact a Jewish funeral home first. Note that Jewish funeral homes will not attend to arrangements during Shabbat or on a holy day, so call as soon as the holy day has ended.
  2. Send an email to info@djctoronto.com to inform us about the death. We’ll inform the community of your loss, including information about the funeral and shiva. In addition, Rabbi Miriam will follow up with you. If she is officiating at the funeral, she will set up a time to meet with you and your family.

To learn more about Jewish Death & Mourning practice, read Visiting a Shiva home or visit the website: MyJewishLearning.

For a checklist and other useful information about what needs to be done when a loved one has died, download this packet, courtesy of Patterson Funeral Home: Bereavement Checklist and Forms.