This helps to soften the pain that the mourner so deeply feels.
With some exceptions, a mourner refrains from going to work during the week of shiva.
They have no direct understanding, and, I would argue, therefore, no right to set standards for those of us who do understand.
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It is best for mourners to move into the shiva house together for the week.
If this is not possible, designate one home as the shiva house, and those who cannot sleep there may leave after dark to go home, and return to the shiva house early in the morning.
"Dating" probably isn't the best word for what he did; he did seek a spouse replacement, for social purposes and friendship.
It is hard to maintain your balance in social settings when you now always have an empty chair next to you.
At first she felt numb and not perceptively alive, yet gradually she emerged as a butterfly ready again to fly.