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WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE PASSES AWAY IN YOUR PRESENCE


  • Remain calm

  • Close the eyes and mouth of the deceased and straighten the arms and legs

  • Remove jewellery from the deceased

  • If possible, lift the deceased onto the floor with feet facing the door

  • Cover the whole body from head to toe with a sheet

  • Light a candle near the head of the deceased

  • Open the windows

  • Do not talk unnecessarily in the room

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke in the room

  • Contact the Chevra Kadisha

  • The Chevra Kadisha will return your call to make arrangements to pick up the body of the deceased

  • If the deceased was a male, give the Tallis of the deceased to the Chevra Kadisha when they arrive

  • Contact the family Rabbi and/or local Shul

  • Contact the family doctor or the doctor treating the patient in hospital

  • Contact the family members

  • Where possible, have a copy of the deceased’s Identity Book

  • When the Chevra Kadisha arrive be sure that they give you the Compassion Pack containing, amongst other items, a Handbook for Mourners, which will guide you regarding funeral arrangements and mourning practices