In case of a bereavement
We are so sorry that you have the need to visit this page, and wish you and your family our
*In case of an emergency please contact Rabbi Dovid on 07980-795-936
Losing a loved one is a most difficult time for everyone involved no matter how prepared
one is for this eventuality. There are also a number of legal and Halachic requirements that
can be quite daunting and time consuming. Bowdon Shul has a proud history of a caring and
dedicated Chevra Kadisha, and we are here to help in any way possible.
In the first instance please call Toni Hyams at the Shul office on 0161-928-2050 and/or Rabbi
Dovid on 07980-795-936. Rabbi Dovid is available on that number 24/7 other than on
Shabbat and Yom Tov, at which time he will either be in Shul or at home if needed.
Inform the hospital or nursing home that Judaism requires a speedy burial (preferably on
the day of passing) and that you will need the death certificate signed as soon as possible.
In case of a long term critical illness either at home or in a nursing home, please make sure
where possible that the GP visits at least every two weeks. A GP can only sign a death
certificate if they have seen the patient in the last 14 days.
The signed death certificate needs to be taken to the ‘Registrar for Births and Deaths’. This
must be the Registrar in the vicinity where the death occurred which may not necessarily be
the same as where they lived.
Once an appointment has been made at the Registrar it will be possible to confirm the
timing of the funeral, at which point the Shul will also inform the community via email. The
Shivah chairs and books can be collected from the Shul and any further arrangements made.
Rabbi Dovid and Toni will of course help you at every stage and will do everything in their
power to help shoulder the burden.
In the words of our Prophets: Hamakom Yenachem Eschem – May the Almighty comfort you
amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem