Festival Program


Ask Me Anything: Rites & Rituals

Sun 26 Aug, 11.30am
ACMI The Cube

Death may be universal, but practices around the death and dying process vary enormously. Join Irish celebrant Fiona Garrivan, holistic funeral director Libby Moloney and Rabbi Noam Sendor to learn about different rites and rituals for the dead. With Mark Baker.

This session contains content related to death.

This session is free, no bookings are required.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Mark Raphael Baker is the author of Thirty Days (2017), a memoir about death and grief, and the Fiftieth Gate (1997), a prize-winning memoir about his parents experiences during the Holocaust. He is Associate Professor at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in the School of Philosophy, History, International Studies at Monash University.

Fiona Garrivan is a funeral celebrant based in Melbourne with many years experience in helping families arrange a fitting farewell for their loved ones.

Libby is a Holistic Funeral Director practising natural, culturally sensitive, family led funeral care. She curates authentic and empowering after death rituals and facilitates deeply moving, profoundly healing and surprisingly hopeful funeral ceremonies and experiences. Libby advocates for change in natural choices for the disposal of our dead.

Noam Sendor is a rabbi, teacher, jazz singer, and most importantly, a father to three energetic children. He is also an aspiring novelist, if he can just find the time.

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