This issue especially concerns the reading of Kaddish after Ha-Kvura.

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    I imagine that kaddish would be omitted in that scenario. Do you suspect otherwise?
    – magicker72
    Feb 23, 2023 at 22:57
  • The rest of the arrangement is the same, though. It's still a Jewish funeral!
    – Shalom
    Feb 24, 2023 at 10:18
  • Though not specific to the mourner's qaddish, the Sefer Hasidim generically suggests reciting the following three passages whenever one is unable to be with a minyan for qaddish: Numbers 14:17, Ezekiel 38:23, Psalms 113:2. ועתה יגדל נא כח ה' כאשר דברת לאמר - והתגדלתי והתקדשתי ונודעתי לעיני גוים רבים וידעו כי שמי ה' - יהי שם ה' מבורך מעתה ועד עולם Feb 24, 2023 at 17:06

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The halacha is clear that we do not say Kaddish with less than 10 males (M. Soferim 10:6, H. Tefillah 8:4-5, Tur and SA OC 55:1). It is no different when holding a funeral. See for instance what R Yaakov Goldstein writes in The laws of customs and mourning, vol 1, ch. 8, section I

Immediately following the completion of the burial [i.e. forming of the mound on the grave, and recital of Tziduk Hadin and Mizmor 49], it is customary [for the male mourners] to recite the specially formulated Kaddish, which includes a stanza of “Asid L’Ischadata Alma” and is thus called by this name. [...] It may only be said if a Minyan is present, as is the rule by any Kaddish.

Similarly R Maurice Lamm writes in The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning, p. 66 (here)

Kaddish is not recited at all when the grave cannot be filled in the presence of a minyan.

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