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What is an Unveiling?


Question: What is an Unveiling?

Answer: The unveiling is a ceremony that dedicates a grave monument erected for someone who passed away twelves months earlier.

The service is called "unveiling" because in America the tombstone is covered with a cloth which is removed by the family during the ceremony. There is no religious obligation to hold an unveiling ceremony, but the ritual became popular toward the end of the 19th century in America and Western Europe and has become an accepted and meaningful practice. In addition to dedicating the grave monument, the unveiling gives those in mourning an opportunity to commemorate the deceased.

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