The Jewish traditions related to death and mourning are intended to recognize death as a part of life. Burial takes place as soon after death as possible. Traditional caskets are of plain wood. Embalming, viewing and cremation are traditionally shunned and flowers are discouraged.
Rabbis should be consulted for specific questions about burial and mourning practices such as the observance of shiva, recitation of the kaddish and observing yahrzeit. Funeral homes and chevra kadisha (burial societies) can also answer questions.