Dedication Ceremonies - Chicago Jewish Funerals

Dedication Ceremonies

Dedication Ceremony

The dedication ceremony, often called an “unveiling” or Hakamat Matzeivah (raising the stone) is held after a funeral. (No stone is placed on the grave at the time of burial.) Sometimes families hold the ceremony after sitting Shiva. Others, wait longer, even up to a year. This is a special time for family and friends to remember their loved one.

Chicago Jewish Funerals provides a special Dedication Ceremony Program for the families we serve.

  • We will assist your family in creating a customized dedication by creating a celebration of the life your loved one lived.
  • We will set up the graveside with chairs, blankets, water, a sound system and podium for clergy or family to officiate.
  • Chicago Jewish Funerals staff member will be at the site throughout the service to assist in any manner.
  • We will provide a highly personalized Dedication Folder which will have the name, date, and location as well as all the standard prayers recited at the unveiling. We can also include Photo collages, music, poems, and personal prayers all put together in a special folder and ceremony to mark your loved one’s life.
  • We can arrange for the Rabbi or cantor of your choice to officiate.
  • We can make all the calls to the cemetery and help you coordinate this event with invitations to your friends and family members.
  • We can provide transportation.
  • We can help plan a brunch/lunch or dinner to follow the service.

Whatever your needs may be, we will work together to make this a moment to remember, a moment to treasure. For more information, please call us at 847.229.8822 and ask to speak to someone about our Dedication Ceremony Program. Or, email us at