An Unveiling - a Poetic Rendition


You ever constantly go, breathing life into the dead,
Great Reviver,
nourishing life compassionately.
With overflowing tenderness, You infuse the dead with life,
supporting those who have fallen, healing those who are ill,
untying those bound, seeding hope for those in need.
Who is like You, One Who transcends strength itself?
Who can even come close to You, Powerful One,
Who guides us both out of and into life,
Who causes unseen sources of help to spring up,
Who unceasingly folds life into the dead?
Blessed are You, Sower of life into the dead.

Psalm 23

You are my shepherd. I shall not want.
You bring me to green pastures, lead me beside still waters.
You guide me on paths of righteousness, restoring my soul.
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You have arranged a table before me in the presence of my enemies,
You have anointed my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in Your house forever.

In the name of ______ and in the presence of her/his family and friends, we consecrate this monument to her/his memory, with love and with honor.

May his/her soul be bound up in the bond of life. And may we say, Amen.

Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains
from where shall my help come?
From You, Maker of heaven and earth,
Who will not allow my foot to be moved,
my Guardian will not slumber.
Behold the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
You are with me,
the sun will not smite me by day, nor the moon by night.
You keep me, tend my soul.
Guard my going out and my coming in
from this time forth and forever.

God, Who tends those with tender hearts, Who mends those whose bones ache, be with those who mourn. Walk by their sides and be with them compassionately. Surround them with the mysteries and beauties of life. Touch their hearts and hold them close You. Comfort them and cloak them with peace. Amen.

Read silently:

May God remember _________
May she/he be at peace.
May the beauty of her/his life shine and
may my life bring honor to her/his memory.

Add your own prayers/thoughts silently

El Malei Rachamim:

God filled with compassion, Who dwells on high,
grant rest under the wings of the Shechina
among those who shine in brightness,
for ____ daughter/son of _______who walked to her/his next world,
may s/he rest in the garden of Eden.
One of Compassion, hold her/him in the shelter of Your wings,
and enfold her soul in the bonds of life.
May s/he rest in peace.
And let us say, Amen.

Kaddish (See a siddur (prayerbook))

May the Source of peace, send peace to all who mourn
and comfort to all who are bereaved, among us, in Tzion V'rushalayim
and throughout the world, and let us say,