For those not in the know, a shiva is the Jewish custom of the week-long period of mourning immediately following a death, during which the mourners receive guests at home.
The grandmother of a good friend of mine from high school just died. She was the mother of his birth mother. His birth mother died when he was very young, so he and his brother are the 2 chief mourners (as opposed to his parents), and the shiva is being held at his parents' house.
It's customary to bring food to the mourners' house, and in modern times many people make monetary donations to charitable funds set up in memory of the deceased. Although my friend told me it wasn't necessary to bring anything, I'm not going empty handed.
I was thinking of bringing something from DiBruno Brothers
, then once I get there, finding out what fund to make a donation to, and donating. Anyone have any suggestions, advice, or commentary on this issue? Thank you.