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Benjamin's Landmark Monuments



The service for the unveiling of a monument is a short and simple one. It consists of the recitation of several Psalms; the actual removal of the veil from the memorial; the recitation of the malei rachamiim (the Memorial Prayer) and the Kaddish. A Minyan is required for the recitation of Kaddish; however, if there is no Minyan available, the Kaddish is omitted.

At the unveiling it is certainly appropriate for a family member to choose to speak about the person who has died, or to read a supplemental poem or prayer. It is best to discuss this with the officiating rabbi beforehand.

The following wording may be used...

A thousand Years, in the sight of our eternal and merciful Father, are but a day; the years of our life but a passing hour. He grants us life and life He has taken away; praised be His name.

________has taken from our midst. We are pained by the gap in our lives. Yet love is strong as death; the bonds love creates are eternal. And ours is the blessing of memory, through which the lives of our departed continue to be with us

(The Covering Is Removed)

In the name of the family of _________and in the presence of his (her) family (and friends) we consecrate this monument to his (her) memory, as a token of our love and respect.

May his (her) soul be bound up in the bond of life.


The memorial prayer, Eil Malei Rachamim, is now recited.

If a minyan is present, the Mourner's Kaddish is recited.

Click Here For Audible Mourner's Kaddish

Please feel free to click the link below to view many other additional Prayers and Psalms