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.
"I think Chinese in general are very superstitious. They think if the peop -- the person is still breathing, we'll try anything to, uh, get him well. Um, if the Chinese medicine doesn't work we'll get the Western doctor. We don't immediately get the monk or the priest to prepare the funeral. That's very bad.  Or, even if the person doesn't know, you know, the person is very sick, for us we'll, we think that's disrespect."