What to know about unveilings


At JCAM, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our visitors, mourners, and staff, especially during the winter months. As a standard practice, we observe a winter scheduling policy, refraining from scheduling unveilings between December 1st and March 31st.

This proactive measure is in response to the unpredictable and potentially hazardous winter conditions, which can result in unsafe and impractical visiting conditions due to unattended cemeteries, uneven ground, and the challenges of maintaining clear pathways during cold and snowy weather. Our decision to suspend unveilings during this period reflects our commitment to ensuring a safe and respectful environment for all who wish to pay their respects to their loved ones.

An unveiling is a ceremonial dedication of the headstone at the grave of a loved one. The main purpose of this is to mark the final resting place of the deceased and honor their life. An unveiling can take place anytime 30 days after the funeral. Traditionally, many people wait 11 months to one year as it marks the end of the formal mourning period. Monument dealers may need several months to prepare a memorial.

After scheduling an unveiling through JCAM, the family should inform the monument dealer of the unveiling date and coordinate the “veiling” or covering of the stone. While some monument dealers may veil the stone themselves, not all of them do this. Based on the dealer chosen, families may have to veil the monument themselves. JCAM recommends placing the veil as close to the start of the ceremony as possible. For more information on the unveiling process, please contact JCAM at (617)-244-6509 x105.

To download a copy of our Suggested Order of Prayers for an Unveiling pamphlet, click here.