On Tuesday, April 21st, Claremont School of Theology hosted its first Multi-Religious Symposium on Death, Dying and Grief. More than 100 attendees participated in the day-long event sponsored by Forest Lawn.

The topic of this first multi-religious symposium was the death of a child. Religious communities and their leaders help people cope with death. But the death of a child is particularly hard, and religious leaders and communities feel unprepared to respond. Death and grief trigger complicated emotions, and individual experiences vary. The expectations placed on religious communities and their leaders are often greater than their preparation.

Claremont School of Theology and Forest Lawn partnered to offer this symposium to help religious leaders and their communities cope with death, dying and grief. The symposium balanced lectures from subject matter experts with time for more intimate small-group discussion. The speakers invited to present at A Child Dies: What Do We Do Now? have had experience coping with the death of children and offered guidance and insight into how to support family and loved ones through incredibly trying times.

Full Video of All Three Keynote Address is Available Below.

1st Keynote – Rev. Janie Ito ‘12, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

2nd Keynote – Rev. Caroyn Bohler, Ph.D., Author, Professor, Pastor

3rd Keynote – Kamal Abu Shamsieh, Chaplain at Stanford University Hospital and PhD Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.