My parents had bought their burial plots there in the Oakland Jewish Center section in about 1959.
|I'm pretty sure they lived next to us when we|
were in the five room duplex in Bell Park Gardens.
My father has a lot of relatives in the Neshelsk (a city in Poland that once had a very large active Jewish community) section of a different cemetery. A cousin was there visiting her parents and grandparents in between my mother's death and funeral. She told them the news about my mother.
My mother's grave is near one of the outside walls. It was pretty noisy, but that shouldn't bother her now.
Covering the grave was a group effort. Due to a shoulder injury I was pretty useless with the shovel. But I did drop a stone from Shiloh into the grave. I had brought it with me to make sure my mother had something special from ארץ ישראל Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel. Most of my mother's grandchildren and all of her great-grandchildren are in Israel.
I was surprised at how much deeper she's buried than we do here in Israel. There are other differences, the American legally required coffin versus just the shrouds wrapped in a Tallit. No, I didn't take up the offer to check/see the body. My brother was pleased at how the shroud covered her. She was in the simple coffin as all traditional Jews request. There are many more "traditional Jews" when it comes to burials than living and breathing Jews.
Rabbi Polakoff made sure that my mother was well covered. When the family and friends were gathering to leave, we could still he him heaving the earth onto my mother. He was overheard telling the cemetery workers that he would take care of it himself. I'd say that the Great Neck Synagogue is in good hands.