I was doing a shiva visit today and, when leaving, someone said we shouldn't walk home directly but instead should take a stroll before returning home. I had never heard of that minhag - but it might be Sefaradi.

Is this minhag known by others? Does it have sources in halacha?


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I thought is was after the levaya. I saw in Mourning in Halacha Chapter 10 S26:

Some have the custom of leaving the funeral by a different route, if possible from that which they came. See Ta’amei Haminhagim 834 - in order to avoid meeting women who are taking part in the funeral. Gesher Hachayim 14:20 writes in the same in the name of Zichron Shai.

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