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