I have heard that it has become customary for some people to bury shaimos (holy items such as unusable mezuzah parchments) in a grave together with the coffin as a person is being buried.
I am curious if there are any halachot or other customs / rules regarding where the shamos should be placed. I.e. -
- Should they be placed directly on top of the coffin before dirt is shoveled? How about beneath the coffin (i.e. shaimos before the coffin)? Should it be placed on the side of the coffin, also before dirt is shoveled? Any particular side?
- Should it be placed after the dirt is shoveled? When? Near the end of shoveling; in the middle; No preference?
- Is there any prayer or verse commonly recited upon burying shaimos?