When a Loved One Dies

At sometime or other, bereavement comes to all of us.  The death of a loved one is a most painful experience.  At the time death occurs we are often at a loss as to where to turn and what to do. 

When a member of a community dies, it is the community’s responsibility to lovingly assist the deceased’s family.  We at Congregation Beth Emeth want every synagogue member to know that our congregation is prepared to assist and advise you in making all necessary arrangements.

When a death occurs, contact the rabbi or synagogue office first:

CBE is a member of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington, which has contracts with Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home (Silver Spring - 301 622 2290) and Cunningham Turch Funeral Home (Alexandria VA - 703 549 1800) to provide traditional funeral services to the Jewish community at very reasonable prices, and with Fram Monument Company (Rockville - 301 605 8081) to provide granite and bronze markers at discounted prices.  Both contracts can be viewed in full text at the JFPC website, http://dc.jewish-funerals.org  then click on "contracts" in the green menu bar.

To learn more about planning and conducting a Jewish funeral, we have prepared a guide to Jewish funeral practices, which you can download and print here (pdf**). This guide includes a planning form to assist you in collecting needed information in advance. You can download the planning form in editable format here.

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