VIDEO: Interfaith Panel on Rituals of Death, Dying, & Mourning

June 20, 2013

Students in Mary Donovan Turner’s class Weddings, Baptisms, and Funerals, and students in Concurrent Field Education gathered together to learn from the practices of Jewish, UU, Muslim and Buddhist traditions. There were presentations from:

Dan Fendel – Jewish expert on Chevra Kadisha *
Rev. Susan Conrad – Unitarian Universalist, Chaplaincy Supervisor at Alta-Bates Summit Hospital
Ameena Jandali – Islamic Networks Group
Rev. Harry Bridge – Faculty, Institute for Buddhist Studies

This was followed by a discussion, led by PSR MDiv student Jennifer Mahru

* Chevra Kadisha: an Aramaic expression, meaning ―"the Holy Group," and referring to the group of individuals, generally volunteers, who take upon themselves the task of preparing members of the community who have passed away for burial, according to the Jewish Traditions of respect and honor for the deceased.