www.ShivaConnect.com - ShivaConnect.com- help for Sitting Shiva
With “just a click,” users can notify friends and family of funeral and shiva arrangements, send food and comforting gifts, find helpful resources, make charitable donations and get emailed Yahrzeit Reminders. Shiva Connect.com has educational articles of interest to both Jews and non-Jews about shiva customs and traditions, visiting mourners, Jewish prayers, poems, preparing your home for shiva, etc.
This unique website was developed by Sharon Rosen, who turned to the internet for help when her beloved Mother passed away. She searched for local funeral homes and websites to learn about “sitting shiva.” Emails were sent to friends thanking them for their support and to tell them of her mother’s passing. Another was sent with final arrangements information and one more with location, days, and times for sitting shiva. She found the internet to be the best way for her to quickly communicate, at such a difficult time.
Stress grew as the phone kept ringing with questions about food. Friends continued to call asking what was needed, when to send it and out of towners called not knowing where to order from. An abundance of food was delivered, platters were taken back to delicatessens for overnight refrigeration and others were donated to a local charity.
Exhausted and overwhelmed by this experience, Sharon thought, “there must be a better way!” and conceived the idea of an all- inclusive online resource to conveniently provide information, assistance and coordination of the bereavement period.
After a year of intricate web design and programming, a mourner or caring friend can now use ShivaConnect.com to create a Shiva Registry. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete. A direct link to the personal registry is emailed back to the person who posted it, so it can instantly be sent to family and friends both far and near. The Shiva Registry includes memorial service/funeral and shiva details (with interactive directions), mourners’ contact information, food notes with family requests, a listing of food items already ordered and the ability to send local deli the shiva house. Users can easily make charitable donations, send comforting gifts and sympathy baskets, find helpful local resources, read eulogies and email thoughtful messages of condolence. All visitors can register for emailed Yahrzeit Reminders.
Sharon’s vision of creating a comprehensive website to help others is now a reality.
ShivaConnect.com is a tribute to her mother who always gave love and support to family and friends.