Bereavement Centre Still On Hold

April 25, 2009

Author: John McManus

Source: BBC News

Plans for a Bereavement Centre for Muslims in Leicestershire are still on hold, two years after they were first announced.

The Muslim community wants the new centre to provide physical space for mourning rituals.

There are also plans to open it up to people of other Faiths, and none.

But so far an affordable site for the new building has not been found.

Currently Muslim families use one of several local mosques to lay out the bodies of deceased relatives, and perform ritual cleansing ceremonies before burial.

Community leaders want to ease the pressure on the mosques who provide this service, and circulate more education and training around the needs of bereaved Muslim families.