Earlier this week I led a workshop at Congregation B'nai Shalom, Westborough, to offer guidance on how to make a shiva visit to a mourner. The workshop covered many practical and pragmatic aspects of shiva, particularly helping more congregants feel comfortable making a shiva visit to someone in their community that they don't know personally. Much of what I offered was geared to the contemporary culture of a Reform Jewish community, with pragmatic advice on how to decide how many nights of shiva to have, how a shiva service may be run, etc.
The workshop was recorded and can be accessed via the link below. If you are listening in from somewhere beyond Congregation B'nai Shalom I hope you also find the material helpful. Please do feel free to add additional guidance or responses via the comments, either here on the blog or in the comments box on the sound cloud page where the workshop is hosted.
The article referenced during the workshop from myjewishlearning.com can be accessed here.