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Recite a Psalm or a poem or anything of your choosing you feel is appropriate, then Recite the following:
"The body has died; the spirit it housed will never die. On earth our dear ones do live on through those of us to whom they were so precious."
Remove the veil * that is covering the monument and recite:
"We now fondly dedicate the monument (plaque) to the blessed memory of (Name) ." "Realizing that his (her) remains lie not only in this plot of ground but in every heart his (her) life did touch." "Oh God, we are grateful for the years we were privileged to share with him (her) years when he (she) brought us so much by example." "And even though he (she) has left our midst, we know he (she) will never leave our hearts where his (her) memory will endure as a blessing forever."
Followed by the reading of the El Moley Rachamim, and ending with the Kaddish prayer. * Bring a pair of scissors for easy removal of the veil.
Yit-ga-dal ve-yit-kadash she-mei ra-ba, Be-al-ma di-ve-ra
mal-chu-tei, Be-cha-yei-chon u-ve-yo-mei-chon u-ve-cha-yei
de-chol beit Yis-rael,
Ba-aga-la u-vi-ze-man ka-riv, ve-i-me-ru: a-men.
Readers and Mourners
Magnified and sanctified be the great name of God throughout the world which He hath created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom during the days of your life and during the life of all the house of Israel, speedily, soon; and say, Amen.
Ye-hei she-mei ra-ba me-va-rach, le-o-lam u-le-ol-mei
Yit-ba-rach ve-yish-ta-bach, ve-yit-pa-ar ve-yit-ro-mam,
Ve-yit-na-sei ve-yit-ha-dar, ve-yit-a-leh, ve-yit-ha-lal
she-mei de-ku-de-sha, be-rich hu,
Le-ei-la min kol bir-cha-ta ve-shi-ra-ta, tush-be-cha-ta
Ve-ne-che-ma-ta, daa-mi-ran be-ol-ma ve-i-me-ru: a-men.
Ye-hei she-la-ma ra-ba min she-ma-ya ve-cha-yim a-lei-nu
Ve-al kol Yis-ra-eil ve-i-me-ru: a-men.
O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav, hu ya-a-seh sha-lom alei-nu
Ve-al kol Yis-ra-el, ve-i-me-ru: a-men.
May His great name be blessed for ever and ever.
Reader and Mourners
Exalted and honored by the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, whose glory transcends, yea, is beyond all blessings and hymns, praises and consolations which are uttered In the world; and say ye, Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life for us and for all Israel; and say ye, Amen. May He who establisheth peace in the heavens, grant peace unto us and unto all Israel; and say, Amen.
EL MALEY RACHAMIM
El maley rachamim shochen bamromim, Hamtzey menucha nechona tachat kanfey hashchina, Bemaalot kdoshim uthorim kezohar Harakeea mazhirim, et nishmat (name) Shehalach lolamo (shehalcha lolama), Baavur shenadvoo tzedaka Bad hazkarat nishmato (nishmata), Bgan ayden tihay menuchato (menuchata), Lachen baal harachamim Yastireyhu (yastireha) Biseter knafav lolamim Viyitzror bitzror hachayim Et nishmato (nishmata), Adonai hu nachalato (nachalata), Vyanuach (vtanuach) bshalom Al mishkavo (mishkava), Vinomar Amen.
EL MALEY RACHAMIM
O God, full of compassion, Thou who dwellest on high! Grant perfect rest beneath the sheltering wings of Thy presence, among the holy and pure who shine as the brightness of the firmament unto the soul of (name) who has gone unto eternity. Lord of mercy, bring him (her) under the cover of Thy wings, and let his (her) soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life. Be thou his (her) possession, and may his (her) repose be peace, Amen.
Prayer in memory of a father:
O heavenly Father, remember the soul of my dear father whom I recall in this solemn hour. I remember with esteem the affection and kindness with which he counseled and guided me. May I ever uphold the noble heritage he transmitted unto me so that through me, his aspirations shall be fulfilled. May his soul be bound up in the bounds of eternal life and his memory ever be for a blessing. Amen.
Prayer in memory of a mother:
O heavenly Father, remember the soul of my beloved mother whom I recall in this solemn hour. I remember with deep reverence and affection the solitude with which she tended and watched over me, ever mindful of my welfare, ever anxious for my happiness. Many were the sacrifices she made in order to ennoble my heart and instruct my mind. May her soul be bound up in the bounds of eternal life and her memory ever be for a blessing. Amen.
Prayer in memory of our dear departed:
May God remember the souls of my dear …………whether maternal or paternal, who are gone to their repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for their sake; in reward of this, may their soul enjoy eternal life, with the soul of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, and the rest of the righteous souls that are in Paradise. Amen.