WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE PASSES AWAY IN YOUR PRESENCE

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

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