QUESTION: Are there specific prayers that are said at an unveiling and do we need a rabbi to officiate?
Generally, psalms are recited, followed by a few words about the deceased, the actual unveiling of the monument, the El Malei Rachamim and the Kaddish. Traditional Judaism requires a minyan for Kaddish.
The second part of the question depends on whether or not a member of the family or a close friend would officiate or if the family would be more comfortable with a rabbi. We have booklets available to families with the prayers previously mentioned.
Questions are welcomed and encouraged. Please send questions to: ShalomChapel@aol.com or by mail to Ask the Director, c/o Shalom Memorial Chapel, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston, R.I. 02920.