Memorial and Yizkor Prayers

Here’s a list of memorial and yizkor prayers — as well meditations and prayers on grief and mourning — with brief descriptions and links to each prayer. Some are written in the form of traditional yizkor prayers and focus on classic themes of mourning. Others address modern social issues, such as organ donation and death by violence. Here’s a link to prayers for Yom HaShoah. To read a particular prayer, click on the title.

Yizkor Prayers

Memorial Prayers


Meditations Near the End of Life

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