The Last Rite: Understanding death and dying in a multicultural society

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 22:30 to Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 01:00
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street near Bathurst station
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W

Gina Valle’s film, The Last Rite, illustrates how Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists ritualize death. This Couchiching Conversation will feature a screening of the one-hour film, brief remarks by Dr. Valle, and an open discussion to explore participants’ concerns and experiences with this ultimate passage and funeral rites in the Canadian diasporic environment.

What new "Canadian" Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist traditions are being born out of members of these and other faith communities coming together -- from different parts of the world -- to practice together? What challenges and "reinventions" of tradition are arising? And what sorts of practical, logistical, legal, or simply theological issues have participants encountered? How have they solved problems and challenges? How do they include relatives who are far away? Does death and dying take on a different significance in an adopted homeland, far from the history of “back home”?

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking evening. Please RSVP via email: or phone: 416-494-1440, ext. 225. Space is limited.

No formal admission (donation requested - suggested $10)

Sorry, not wheelchair accessible.

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