In the Jewish religion observing a Yahrzeit means the acknowledgment of the anniversary of a loved one’s death.
The Yahrzeit anniversary date will correspond to the Hebrew date of death rather than the English date of death. In practice, this means that the observed yahrzeit date will change each year on the secular calendar.
Yahrzeit is observed at home and at the cemetery by lighting a special Yahrzeit candle in memory of the deceased. The Yahrzeit candle will burn 24 hours. The specific custom of lighting a candle to observe the Yahrzeit comes from a passage from the Book of Proverbs which reads “The soul of man is a candle of the Lord.”
Typically, the Yahrzeit candle will be lit at sundown. Prayers and remembrances can be said at the time of candle lighting.
To help our families observe the Yahrzeit for their loved ones, Shalom Memorial has the ability to send email reminders along with prayers to be said. For those individuals who elect to receive Yahrzeit reminders, Shalom Memorial will send the email ten days prior to the observed Yahrzeit date each year.