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Mourning Conversations

June 8th, 2016
Cliffe Cut, River Ouse, Lewes. Photo Simon Carey

Cliffe Cut, River Ouse, Lewes. Photo Simon Carey

I’ll be joining in a panel presentation and discussion tomorrow evening as part of a week long festival about dying, death and bereavement that we’ve been having here in Lewes, called ‘Mourning Conversations’. In the Festival’s FB announcement about this interfaith discussion I’ve been billed mistakenly as a rabbi. I need some good Jewish jokes to kick off my presentation I reckon!

There will be Buddhists, a genuine rabbi hopefully, and Revd. Peter Owen-Jones – amongst others.We will outline for the audience the main beliefs and rituals that our path holds around death, and then with questions from members of the audience, we will cover topics such as beliefs about death and whether there is an afterlife, customs and rituals around death, how you might prepare or help someone who is close to death, and so on. It should prove a very interesting evening. The event is at 7:30pm at The Foundry, 32 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PH on Thursday 9th June. The Festival’s facebook page is here.

3 Responses to “Mourning Conversations”

  1. Philip, that’s hilarious 🙂 You have a great Jewish name 😉 I love this one:

    A Jewish father was very troubled by the way his son turned out and went to see his rabbi about it.

    “Rabbi, I brought him up in the faith, gave him a very expensive Bar Mitzvah and it cost me a fortune to educate him. Then he tells me last week, he’s decided to be a Christian. Rabbi, where did I go wrong?”

    The rabbi strokes his beard and says, “Funny you should come to me. I too, brought up my son as a boy of faith, sent him to university and it cost me a fortune and then one day he comes to me and tells me he wants to be a Christian.”

    “What did you do?” asked the man of the rabbi.

    “I turned to God for the answer,” replied the rabbi.

    “What did he say?” asked the man.

    He said, “Funny you should come to me…”

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