Are there any special considerations for the tahara, burial, and/or aveilus for kohanim or levi'im who have passed away?

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  • I thought you meant processing the bodies of kohanim, but the answer understood it to mean kohanim processing bodies. Could you clarify?
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 27, 2017 at 21:43

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  1. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 191:1 סימן קצט - דין הקבורה ובית הקברות does mention that in some areas only the Cohanim and firstborns were buried in coffins.
    Seems that there is a tradition that some people are more equal than others when it comes to burial.

יֵשׁ עוֹד מְקוֹמוֹת שֶׁקּוֹבְרִין שְׁאָר מֵתִים כָּךְ בְּלֹא אָרוֹן, וְרַק לְכֹהֲנִים וּבְכוֹרִים שֶׁהֵם חֲשׁוּבִים, עוֹשִׂים אָרוֹן.‏

  1. The custom is to bury Cohanim - and if possible their relatives - near the edge, so that their graves can be visited by Cohanim. (Since Cohanim may not come within 4 Amos of a grave - אָסוּר לַכֹּהֵן לִקָּרֵב בְּתוֹךְ אַרְבַּע אַמּוֹת שֶׁל מֵת אוֹ שֶׁל קֶבֶר. וְדַוְקָא כְּשֶׁהַמֵּת מֻנָּח בִּמְקוֹם קְבִיעָתוֹ. Source: KSA 202:8 סימן רב - הלכות טמאת כהן)
    Can't find a direct source for this custom, but the Kitzur Yalkut Yosef refers to it in 57:2 סימן נז - דין אזהרת טומאת כהן when he says that if a Cohen was not buried near the fence, he need not be moved to the fence.

כהנים שנקברו בתוך בית הקברות, ולא עשו להם קברים בפני עצמם, אין בכך כלום, והיינו שאין צריך להעבירם לקבר סמוך לגדר. ‏

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