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Kaufman Interfaith Institute invites communities to reflect together during 'We Remember' memorial service


Groups from all communities and beliefs will gather virtually Tuesday, September 14 as they honor their loved ones during We Remember, a community interfaith memorial held by Kaufman Interfaith Institute, in partnership with local hospice groups. The virtual event runs from 7:00-8:00pm and marks the institute’s seventh-annual interfaith memorial.

This theme of this year’s service is breath and light. Kyle Kooyers, Kaufman Interfaith Institute’s associate director said the event offers an inclusive space for reflection and remembrance.

“It’s incredibly healing for people to be in a space that allows them to openly grieve together and connect by honoring their shared experience of loss,” Kooyers said, “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our local hospice organizations that have continued to support this event, we’re coming together to share in our human experiences that transcend belief systems. All are welcome to attend and join us in a communal processing of loss.”

The service is a collaboration between Center for Inquiry Michigan, Dominican Center at Marywood, Emmanuel Hospice, Faith Hospice, Islamic Center of West Michigan, Grace Hospice, Heartland Hospice, Hospice of Michigan, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Kindred Hospice, Spectrum Health Hospice and The Grand Rapids Bahá’í Community.

The memorial will be under the facilitation of bereavement counselors. Representatives from the secular community, Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous, Islam, and Jewish faiths will lead prayers, songs, reflections and readings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a candle to light in honor of their loved one.

Registration can be found here.

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