The Living Unveiling: Technology Innovates Memorializing

Denise Carson

in Parting Ways

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520251083
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949416 | DOI:
The Living Unveiling: Technology Innovates Memorializing

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Unveiling is a Jewish mourning custom that usually takes place a year or within a year after the death to consecrate the tombstone. Before the ceremony begins, a cloth is placed over the tombstone. The cloth is lifted during the ceremony followed by a eulogy for all to take one last look together at the most salient qualities of the person. This chapter describes the story of Orin Kennedy and Bernardo Puccio, who instead of waiting for their monument to be unveiled at their deaths, choose to invite all of their friends and family to a living unveiling at a cemetery to celebrate their lives and their thirty years spent together. What makes the ceremony of Orin and Bernardo different from a living funeral is the fact that they were not on death's door. They were a healthy couple in their sixty-somethings.

Keywords: unveiling; Jewish mourning custom; eulogy; Orin Kennedy; Bernardo Puccio; cemetery

Chapter.  5685 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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