Re: Gravestone over a Baby's Grave #general

Barbara Mannlein <bsmannlein@...>

You may not be able to locate a marked grave.

Traditionally, according to Halacha (Jewish law), no funeral or formal
mourning period was held for an infant that did not survive for 30 days.
(While that may seem harsh to us, we must remember that, until relatively
recently, infant and child mortality were extremely high. Funerals
were not held, no marker was placed on the grave, and parents might not
know where the grave was located.
It made sense: Otherwise some families might have been mourning almost
continuously. Today only the most strictly Orthodox are that strict about it -
as infant mortality has decreased, there is recognition of the
parents' need to mourn.

Shelda Sandler

Is there any religious or non-religious reason why a baby's grave
(approx 100 yrs ago) would NOT have a gravestone?

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