Interfaith Panel on Deathcare in the Time of COVID-19

It’s been said that the deceased doesn’t know the difference during this period, but the living do. That is why Grief Dialogues and People’s Memorial Association brought together an interfaith panel to discuss death care traditions, rituals, and adaptation in the time of COVID-19. This session was recorded for Reimagine: Life, Loss & Love, a Worldwide Virtual Festival on June 18, 2020. We are very grateful for all the faith leaders who agreed to be part of this panel From their different homes and workplaces and areas of the world.

Watch the video here.

The normal healing process through funeral ritual has been disrupted.

Now funeral professionals and religious leaders must weigh a family’s need to mourn and the importance of conducting funeral rituals against both the safety of the community and potential consequences of violating state orders. 

Nora Menkin, Executive Director of People’s Memorial Association, moderates this panel discussion featuring Seattle-area faith leaders:

Mindi Welton-Mitchell, Senior Pastor, Queen Anne Baptist Church

David Zinner, Founder and Executive Director of Kavod v’Nichum (Honor & Comfort) 

Rev. Genjo Marinello, Seattle Zen Temple

Khizer Sheriff, Co-Founder of the Muslim Community Resource Center

Dr. Lillian Lockett Robertson, Emmanuel Apostolic Church


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