Jewish law requires that a grave be marked, but the type of marking and the headstone are not specified.
The unveiling is the formal dedication of the headstone. Religiously, an unveiling can take place anytime 30 days after the funeral. (Shloshim) Traditionally, many people wait 11 months to one year as it marks the end of the formal mourning period. We usually like to allow 3 to 4 months to prepare a memorial so please keep this in mind when scheduling your unveiling. If you need to have your memorial made sooner, we will do everything we can to accomodate your request.
You can have a rabbi conduct your unveiling service or you may lead the service without one. Some families feel more comfortable having a rabbi present, while others find the service more personable conducted amongst family and friends. There is no right or wrong, so do what you are most comfortable with.
Most people schedule unveilings on Sundays mainly for convenience purposes. When you arrive at the cemetery for your unveiling, we will have your memorial securely veiled. We will also make sure the cemetery has been properly notified as well. Therefore, it is important that you notify us as soon as you set the date and the time for your unveiling. If you are having a rabbi at your unveiling, you will want to make sure to confirm the date and time with him/her as well.
Download: Unveiling Date Request Form
Please contact us to make a request or for additional questions.