Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens at an unveiling or dedication?

A: A rabbi or a family member leads a brief service to dedicate the monument when it is first unveiled. There are special prayer booklets for this service that include a number of appropriate prayers. The service includes an opportunity for the family to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish.

Q: What is ground cover?

A: Anything that covers the topsoil after interment is considered ground cover. This can be either floral cover or sodding. Find out more about the available options.

Q: What happens after an interment or burial at the cemetery?

A: The ground settles over time, at which point grounds crew will fill in fresh top-soil. It’s best not to visit the gravesite during Shloshim, the first 30 days after interment, because the ground will not have settled adequately. Depending on weather conditions, this settling period might take even longer. Be sure to contact the cemetery management before visiting.

Q: When should I order my loved one’s memorial?

A: You can order the decedent’s memorial any time after Shloshim, the 30-day period following internment. Allow a minimum of six to eight weeks to receive the memorial. If you anticipate out of town guests for the unveiling, send letters within an adequate time frame for necessary travel arrangements. Memorials can be viewed here or you can contact the cemetery office.

Q: What do I do with an unwanted grave?

A: If for some reason a grave that has been purchased will not be used, you may choose to donate it to the cemetery. This donation may qualify as a religious not-for-profit contribution. If you are interested in such an arrangement, contact the cemetery office. Certain restrictions apply. You may also want to inquire about our buy-back program.

Q: How do I transfer ownership of a grave?

A:  In many instances, this may be a relatively simple process, but in other cases it can be somewhat complex. Before beginning this process, we urge you to contact our office so that we can provide you with a copy of the guidelines.

Q: Can special arrangements be made for veterans?

A: Yes. You can contact the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Westlawn will coordinate with that organization to arrange an honor guard for a veteran’s committal service in accordance with Jewish tradition. If you’d like to know more about this tradition, contact our office to request a copy of the Meaning of the Flag brochure.

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Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm, Sundays 9:30am – 4pm* (*Jan – Feb: 9:30am – 1pm.) Closed all National and Major Jewish Holidays.

Lakeshore Jewish Funerals, Inc., an Illinois profit corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum Association, Inc., an Illinois NPO. 773.625.8600