Rituals of Death & Mourning
Melbourne is privileged to have a Progressive Jewish Funeral service, namely Bet-Olam Jewish Funerals. Bet-Olam Jewish Funerals’ practices are grounded in the unshakable belief in the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the person, and the emotional and spiritual needs of the mourners.
Bet-Olam seeks to maintain the customs and traditions of the Jewish people, to help the mourners provide a funeral for their loved ones with the greatest respect and dignity, and to support the mourners. Our funeral services are generally held at Jewish Memorial Gardens which is part of the Springvale Botanical Cemetery and are conducted by Progressive Rabbis. Bet-Olam also conducts funerals in the Jewish sections of other cemeteries.
Bet-Olam seeks to honour the wishes of those people who prefer to be cremated rather than buried. By making your wishes know, whatever path you may choose, Bet-Olam Jewish Funerals can help your family at this most difficult time.
When a loved one passes away, the first point of call is to Bet-Olam Jewish Funerals on 9883 6237 who will, in consultation with the family, step in to organise all aspects of the funeral from meeting with the family, arranging for the family to meet with one of our Rabbis, to organising the cemetery.
On the evening of the funeral, minyanim (evening prayers, including memorial prayers for the deceased) are held either in the synagogue or in the family’s home. This service is an important occasion to both remember the deceased and provide the family with comfort and support.
Mourners sometimes find it difficult to cope with their grief, even after some months have passed. Please do not hesitate to contact our Rabbis and Cantor who are available to help and support you.
There are many excellent sources of information which give comfort and guidance. For more details please refer to the Bet-Olam web site: www.jewishfunerals.org.au
For all information about Bet-Olam Jewish Funerals please contact Rhonda Nirens, Executive Director of Bet-Olam. Rhonda, together with our Rabbis and Cantor, will guide you through this very difficult time. If you wish to discuss prearranged or prepaid funerals, please contact Rhonda Nirens on 9883 6237.