The placing of a marker on a grave is a way to honor and show care for someone we love. Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of not visiting a gravesite for the first thirty days after burial because the pain of our loss is strongest at that time. Placing a marker may happen any time after the thirty days, but usually occurs between eleven months and one year following death.
It is necessary to contact the stone engraving company months before the unveiling in order to allow adequate time for this part of the process. Our clergy are available for consultation regarding what to inscribe on the stone. The date will also need to be reserved with the cemetery so that they may prepare the site. While some families request the assistance of a Rabbi for the service, the service does not require Rabbinical officiating. We are happy to provide you with copies of an “Unveiling Service” if you choose to lead the service on your own.
To speak with a member of our clergy about an unveiling , please contact Natalie Matus, Assistant to the Clergy.