There is discussion here about saying Kaddish for parents and also some discussion on Kaddish for a sister. One place on the Chabad website states that Kaddish should be said for 30 days for a sibling while another place also on the Chabad website (see comments below article) states that 11 months is customary.

For how long is Kaddish said for other relatives? What sources back different traditions?

I am specifically concerned about the case of a deceased sibling, but I am also curious about minhag for Kaddish for other close relatives such as children.

  • My friend sadly said kaddish for a sibling for 30 days. The parents of the deceased girl, also for 30. Aug 1, 2012 at 19:52
  • I have been saying it, when I go to shul (about once per week), for about 8 months now for my brother... Aug 1, 2012 at 19:53
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    @AdamRedwine, I'm sorry to learn that. But note that as this is a practical matter for you, you should consult an halachic expert, rather than rely on what you read on this site, to decide what to do.
    – msh210
    Aug 1, 2012 at 20:01
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    I have never heard of any custom to say kaddish for longer than 30 days for anybody other than a parent. I am very sorry to hear about your loss.
    – Daniel
    Aug 1, 2012 at 20:03
  • My rabbi says 30 days, but did not give a source. Aug 2, 2012 at 1:31


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