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If G-d forbid you are bereaved, here's what you should do:

  1. Notify the United Synagogue burial office on 020 8950 7767 IMMEDIATELY and leave your name, the name of the deceased and a contact phone number.

  2. If the burial office is closed and you would like to speak to someone for advice only, please call 07957 119 119 (this service is not available on Shabbat or Yom Tov).

  3. Notify the Rabbi and the Synagogue office on 020 8504 1990. This is optional as the burial office will do this.

  4. Obtain a death certificate from the doctor or hospital, stating the cause of death.

  5. Make an appointment with the Registrar for Births and Deaths in the vicinity where the death occurred and obtain the death certificate.

  6. Phone the burial office once you have been issued with the relevant documentation. The burial office will advise what to do next.

  7. Once funeral arrangements have been made the burial office will contact the Synagogue Administrator who will assist with shiva chairs and prayer books and liaise with the Rabbi about the funeral and shiva. Please feel free to contact the Rabbi.

  8. Speak personally with the Rabbi about the funeral service and shiva arrangements, and consider the text for the eulogy.

  9. Notify family and friends of the arrangements.

If you are struggling to cope in this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact the synagogue office on 020 8504 1990.  They and the Rabbi will do everything they can to help you practically and emotionally.

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