9 Rituals to Take Place During Cohen's Burial

  • Burial ceremonies are often a chance for the deceased's family to give their loved one a befitting send-off, in a way that the late preferred or as per their belief.

    Being Jewish, murdered Billionaire Tob Cohen's family agreed to bury him as per the Jewish customs and four major rituals will be considered.

    Reports by The Standard indicated that the Dutchman had marked the very spot his remains will be interred in line with Judaist customs and traditions. 

    Murdered Dutch Billionaire Tob Cohen. He will be buried as per the Jewish burial rites.

    Cohen in his happier days had chosen a spot at the Jewish Cemetary on Wangari Maathai Road in Nairobi, marked number 184, as his final resting place.

    During the funeral, there will be no viewing of the body, as is the norm before most burial ceremonies.

    In addition, the body will be wrapped in white clothing, as opposed to the usual flashy suits.

    Cohen's wife, Sarah Wairimu and his Sister Gabrielle Van Straten will participate as wife and sister respectively in a ceremony led by his brother Bernard.

    Before the burial, Cohen's family members will have to make a special and ritualistic tear on their outer garments.

    If Cohen’s parents were to be in attendance, they would tear the left side of their garments, just above the heart.

    However, Bernard and any other siblings will make their small hardly noticeable tears on the right side of their garments.

    In addition, there will be no greetings until after Cohen’s casket is lowered into the ground.

    Jewish burial rites require chanting of prayers before the casket is slowly taken to the graveside in acknowledgement of the long journey ahead.

    Mourners in such ceremonies are required to modestly dress in black apparel. Modest dressing is a sign of respect to the departed soul.

    Music will neither be allowed nor played during the occasion.

    The body also will not be buried in a casket but will instead "be wrapped in a tallit and carried to the grave and placed directly in the earth,” a source at the Jewish synagogue explained.

    In Israel, caskets are not used, only with the exception of military and state funerals.

    This comes after an agreement between Sarah and Gabrielle concerning the specifics of Cohen's burial.

    A meeting was held in a city hotel on Thursday, September 19 by the two lawyers who sought to iron out pertinent issues that had emerged on the previous day and addressed the media afterwards on the same.

    On Wednesday, September 18, Wairimu was allowed to attend her husband's postmortem at the Chiromo Mortuary, that uncovered horrifying signs of torture.

    According to top Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad (AD), images of a scan carried out on Cohen's body pointed to a brutal struggle in his very final moments.

    Cohen's head was cracked open, his left leg dislocated and both his hands broken, the publication reported.

    In a new twist, foreign DNA materials collected from under Cohen's fingernails could be the key to unmasking his killers once the final analysis of the same is completed.

    His mangled up body was discovered on Friday, September 13, in an underground tank at his Kitisuru mansion, two months after his disappearance.

    ob Cohen's widow Sarah Wairimu arriving at Chiromo Mortuary with her lawyer Philip Murgor on Wednesday, September 18. Sarah will attend Tob Cohen's burial ceremony that will be conducted according to Jewish traditions.