ShivaListings.com has created a website aimed at helping friends and family during the Jewish mourning process. The free service is geared to the Jewish community as well as those who may need help in understanding the Jewish mourning practices.
ShivaListings.com provides users with a variety of helpful features such as important details regarding the date, times and location of the funeral, cemetery services and shiva (the Jewish period of mourning after the funeral) as well as an information page (which displays information about common Jewish funeral customs).
The family can post requests for food and charities in memory of the deceased. There is also a memory page and virtual guest book, where friends and family can post their thoughts and pictures of the deceased.
“After the death of a loved one, we are immediately confronted with the heartbreaking task of making funeral and shiva arrangements and then communicating these to everyone we know. Jewish burial usually takes place within 24 hours, allowing little time to notify friends and family.
"Using simple technology, we have centralized nearly all aspects of the mourning process into one convenient place, allowing the notification process to take place more rapidly, accurately, and with compassion," explains Jay M. Weiss MD, president of ShivaListings.com.
ShivaListings.com was started by a group of doctors in Jericho, New York. When their cousin was a patient in the hospital, the cousin’s mother passed away.
While trying to avoid calling the hospital, it was nearly impossible to find important information on how to pay their respects. At that point, it became clear that there was a need for one centralized location where people could attain this important information. From this, ShivaListings.com was created.
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