When Abraham Rogarshevsky passed away, Doctor Louis Friedman who had treated him for almost two years prior to his death signed the death certificate and noted the burial arrangements. Normally Abraham would have been buried as soon as possible, but because he died Friday evening after the onset of the Sabbath, the family waited until Sunday to bury him. The body could not be moved because of the Sabbath prohibition against work. After the end of the Sabbath, when it was time to prepare the body for burial, members of the Chevra Kadisha or "holy society" associated with Abraham's mutual aid association would undertake the preparations.
"What I've seen when my grandmother was very sick, we asked the priest to come down and pray for her.  And a few days later, when we knew it was going to happen, we got the whole family together. And when it did happen, my father was the only son and he was the one to take care of everything. He made arrangements to look for a funeral home around the neighborhood where my grandmother lived. People I know usually get a funeral home close to where the person lived."