Video is now available from GMCT’s panel discussion titled ‘Multiculturalism: a cemetery context’, held in November 2016 as part of our annual meeting. GMCT’s CEO, Jacqui Weatherill was joined on stage by some of Melbourne’s cultural and religious community leaders who shared insights into their faith’s funeral and burial traditions and how they are changing in an Australian context.
Mohammed Mohideen, president of the Islamic Council of Victoria; Makarand Bhagwat, director of the Hindu Council of Australia; Venerable Phouc Tan, from Braybrook’s Buddhist temple and Father Vito Pergolo from St Brigid’s Parish in Fitzroy all shared insights into their faith’s end of life practices and traditions.
GMCT CEO Jacqui Weatherill, who predicted some future trends as part of the discussion - most notably, the idea that people will increasingly opt to forego funeral services for their loved ones in favour of other forms of memorialisation.
Natural burials and the role of women in funerary customs also proved to be topics of interest when members of the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions of our panellists.
You can watch the video below. Photos and more highlights from the event are available here.