During the Shivah period, does one have to sit on a low stool all of the time or only when visitors are present?

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The Maharshal writes that the mourner must sit on the low stool when visitors are present, however the Taz (and the Shach seems to concur) understands this to mean that the mourner doesn't have to sit at all when visitors are not present - he can stand up and walk around. Whenever the mourner does sit, it must be on a low stool, regardless of the presence or absence of visitors.

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