do I call when my loved one passes away?
If arrangements have already
been made or if a family is purchasing a plot at Shaarey Zedek, all the
family needs to do is call the funeral office at 204 975 3484 or the cell
phone after 5 PM and on weekends at 204-792-8011 and speak with Estelle Raber, Life Cycle Director. Once you have been in
contact with one of them, they
will take care of all the arrangements.
You can also contact the Chesed Shel Emes at 204 582 5088 if the death occurs on Shabbat, Yom Tovim, or after midnight.
What happens if the
death occurs in another city or country?
family must make arrangements at a funeral home in the city where the
death occurs. The funeral home will then prepare the deceased for travel
to Winnipeg. The funeral home and family must be in touch with Shaarey
Zedek’s Funeral Director or Funeral Assistant to make all the funeral
arrangements, including having the deceased picked up at the airport and
transported to the Chesed Shel Emes.
Where does my loved one go?
deceased will be transported to the Chesed Shel Emes. This facility was
established to treat those of the Jewish faith with the utmost respect
at the time of death (Kavod Lamet), according to Jewish Law. On
the day of the funeral, the Chevra Kadisha (Holy Society) will
perform the Tahara (ritual washing, purification) in accordance
with Halacha (Jewish Law). The body is then dressed in
Tachrichim (traditional white burial shroud). The casket is wooden
with a grey cloth covering it. This practice emphasizes the fact that
all people, rich and poor alike, are equal before God.
Non-Jewish deceased will be prepared based on the Jewish principles of respect for the deceased and simplicity, which includes the same processes outlined above.
When will I meet with the Funeral Director?
death occurs and you call the Funeral Director, she will make
arrangements to meet with you.
Where is the funeral performed?
are a member of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, funeral services can be held
either in the Synagogue or at graveside with Shaarey Zedek clergy
officiating. If you are not a member of the Synagogue, but own a plot in
Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, the service may be held either at graveside or
at the Chesed Shel Emes (Jewish only).
How soon after death
does the funeral service occur?
should take place within 24 hours—unless there are extenuating
circumstances, for instance, the need to await the arrival of family
from distant places, release by the medical examiner, Shabbat, Yom
Kippur and most other major religious holidays.
What happens at a funeral service?
funeral service is very simple. Flowers are discouraged at the funeral;
however, donations to the charity of one's choice are welcome. The
service is intended to honour the departed. Everyone is encouraged to
wear a kippah (head covering) as a sign of respect. The tribute
to the deceased includes a eulogy, chanting of several psalms and the
memorial prayer. Six Jewish pallbearers escort the coffin bearing the
deceased from the Chesed Shel Emes to the service and then to the final
What happens after the
A meal of
consolation is generally the first thing that occurs after the funeral.
Round foods such as eggs and bagels are served to symbolize the circle
of life. Immediate family will then begin the period of mourning by
sitting Shiva for the Jewish deceased. Shiva occurs for seven days and is the first stage of
mourning. The day of the funeral counts as the first day. During this
time, mirrors are covered and a seven-day memorial candle is lit. In the
count of the seven days, Shabbat is included, however, if Shiva is to
end on a Friday, or on Erev Yom Tov, it is observed until
two-and-one-half hours before sunset. For example, if the funeral is
held on Tuesday, Shiva will conclude on Monday morning. At the
conclusion of Shiva all mourners walk together a short distance, usually
accompanied by a member of the clergy. This walk symbolizes the return
more information, please contact our Life Cycle Director, Estelle Raber at
204 975 3484 or email at
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