About 120 of us from the various Bushey faith communities settled down in the very comfortable community centre of the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church in London Road on the evening of Wednesday 20th November.
It was National Interfaith Week and this was the second annual event organised by the Bushey Interfaith Forum since the new convenor has taken up his post.
Under the banner “Till Death Us Do Part” we had wonderful presentations from Father Jim McNicholas, Roman Catholic, Father Andrew Burton, Anglican, Mr Makbul Rahman, Muslim, Rabbi Salasnik, Dr Jackie Maxmin giving a medical perspective and Ms Lynn Bassett , Spiritual Care Co-ordinator from The Peace Hospice.
The presenters covered the end of life & death rituals and customs and although this sounds morbid the evening was full of emotion including some laughter.
It was amazing to hear Makbul describing the Muslim rituals as they were just so similar to ours. Although he went beyond the allotted fifteen minutes, Rabbi Salasnik was able to cut down on his time, as much of what Makbul said, including the preparation of the deceased’s body prior to burial, had similarities to Judaism.
Father Jim emphasised that our hearing is the last sense to leave us and he often spoke words & prayers of comfort to an otherwise comatose person; he or she was able to acknowledge comprehension by a squeeze of the hand.
Welcome refreshments were served halfway through and after a vote of thanks a collection was taken on behalf of the Peace Hospice.
The interfaith evening raised almost £300 for Peace Hospice Care in Watford.
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