Our guiding principles are Kavod la Met, respect for the dead, and Nichum Avelim, comforting the mourners.
A Jewish burial includes five main components:
Shmira – the deceased is accompanied by friends and family until the burial. Reciting Psalms on behalf of the soul is thought to ease the journey of the soul and shows respect for the physical remains which housed a holy spark.
Tahara – an ancient ritual of washing and dressing the dead, with a central focus on spiritual purification of the soul through immersion in a Mikveh or the pouring of water.
Tachrichim – -the burial garments are simple white cotton , symbolizing equality, modesty and humility. The garments are based on the Biblical description of the vestments worn by Aaron, the first Kohen, as he approached the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle.
Aron – a kosher casket is one with no nails or metal hinges, made entirely of wood. Holes are made in the bottom to allow contact with the earth. Simplicity is key.
Kvura B’Karka – burial in the earth is a Biblical commandment. The return of our remains to the earth is thought to atone for our earthly transgressions. Burial in a kosher cemetery requires ritual preparation.