Is it a requirement that a wife attend her husband’s funeral and burial?


A wife is not responsible for the burial of her husband–this responsibility is placed on children. However, there is a Torah mitzvah to be present as the deceased makes his final journey, and this mitzvah applies first and foremost to close relatives. A wife’s closest relative, together with her parents and children, is her husband, and if at all possible, she is therefore required to be present at the funeral.

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