After the death of an immediate family member, Misaskim provides items needed for observing the customs of shiva, the week of mourning. Misaskim's mourners' services ensure that the week of shiva (mourning) is a little bit more comforting and comfortable by providing aveilim (mourners) with various necessities, including low chairs, siddurim (prayer books), folding chairs and other portable furniture, a guide to the customs of shiva, and many other items of need.
CARE FOR THE DECEASED
Misaskim works together with Agudath Israel of Maryland and the Chevra Kadisha of Greater Washington to safeguards the dignity of the deceased by advocating for prevention of autopsies and/or cremation, and educating government officials, medical examiners and coroners regarding mandated respect to the Jewish departed.
Misaskim works with Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington to arrange for funerals for the indigent and other family-less deceased. Trained volunteers are dispatched to hospitals to retrieve the remains of stillborn and miscarried fetuses and arranges for reduced rate burials, thus easing the pain of the parents at this trying time.
During major catastrophes or accidents with Jewish casualties, Misaskim can dispatch a team of volunteers on a moment's notice. Upon request by local law enforcement, Misaskim volunteers are trained to clear accident and crime scenes in accordance with Jewish law.