The mental brilliance of Judaism is nowhere more obvious compared to its very carefully ritualized framework for working with grief. The open phrase of sorrow is allowed, even motivated. Yet starting with the grouped household’s arrival during the house after the funeral, a procedure is defined into movement that leads the bereaved carefully, but securely, back once again to life as well as the realm of the living. The stage that is first this gradual procedure for recovery is known as shiva.
Shiva, meaning “seven, ” identifies the seven-day amount of formalized mourning because of the immediate group of the dead.