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Father at the burial of a stillborn

Rabbi Jonathan Blass14 Iyyar 5763
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Question
May the father of a stillborn child go to the kevura? I would like to know halchically, as I was told by one rav "categorically no" another one told me that he has never heard of such an issur. If you wish to publicize this question please do so annoynymously. Thank you
Answer
Even though there is a "kevura" of a still-born, the "kevura" is not included in the mitzva of "kevura" (Gesher HaChayim 16,3). As a result the general atmosphere (as you know, there is no mourning either) is different and the effect on the father may well be detrimental. The custom of the chevra kadisha should be observed.
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