Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Multi-Faith Walk to end family violence - 27th of September 2009

Alliance to End Violence
Multi-Faith Walk to end family violence
September 27, 2009

Location: Eau Claire Market
Address: 202, 200 Barclay Parade S.W.
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Multi-Faith Walk to End Family Violence calls attention to the valuable and powerful role that people of faith have in ending violence in our families. Family violence knows no boundaries – it happens in all religious, social, cultural, economic and age groups. Believing the time has come to express our multi-faith solidarity, we invite members of all faith groups and persuasions to participate. We support victims and hold accountable those who choose to use power and control to manage their relationships. By walking and talking together on September 27th, individuals, families and faith communities declare their united commitment to ending violence and abuse in families.

Meet at Eau Claire Market at 1:00 p.m.

Further details on the Alliance to End Violence can be found at

To sign up for this event, fill out the form at

Sunday, June 14, 2009

End of Life and Bereavement Practices - Alberta Children's Hospital

End of Life and Bereavement Practices - Alberta Children's Hospital

On June 9, 2009, I was invited to make a presentation about funeral services of the Shia Ismaili Muslim tradition to the health care professionals at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.

The objective of the session was to provide the staff of the hospital an insight of funeral and bereavement practices of the various faith and cultural communities.

The session was held as part of the recommendation of the "When a Child Dies: Cultural Competency in Paediatric Palliative Care" research project carried out by the hospital.

At the end of my presentation, I recited the Salwaat - a prayer that is recited throughout an Ismaili Muslim funeral:

Allahumma Salli Ala Muhammadin Wa ale Muhammad
O Allah, shower your blessings upon Muhammad and his descendants

Swami Ramananda Maharaj (Hindu) and Venerable Hong Keo (Buddhist) rounded out the faith-based community presentations.

We also had a presentation on the Chinese customs and traditions.

Two parents, who had recently lost a child, shared with us how they dealt with their tragic loss. May God give them strength and courage to deal with this tragedy.

There were about 100 care providers as well as Sparkle and Jumpa, the hospital clowns: