About this Death Cafe
Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Death Café is a unique opportunity for the public to meet and discuss death. For this installment, we are meeting virtually on Zoom! This group-led discussion has no specific agenda and serves as a welcoming platform for individuals to talk about all things related to grief, death, and dying. The evening will be facilitated by Patricia Quigley, Funeral Director and Manager of the West Laurel Hill Funeral Home, along with Laurel Hill Cemetery staff. To learn more about Death Cafes, visit https://deathcafe.com/.
This free discussion will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm. A What to Expect email will be sent to all ticket holders Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with information on how to log in for the discussion. The event is free but donations of any size to the Friends are appreciated. Donations can be made through the ticketing link https://thelaurelhillcemetery.org/events/death-cafe-1
About Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries
I was raised in a large family that instilled the values of hard work and service to the community. For more than 25 years, I had a successful career as a real estate appraiser, primarily owning my own company and briefly serving as the Vice President of a major bank in their Real Estate Appraisal division. During much of that time, I was a member of the "Chevra Kadisha," the Jewish burial society, a volunteer group which prepares the dead through a cleansing ritual. That work was a fulfilling and holy experience for me, and it fueled a growing interest in becoming a funeral director. I also studied chaplaincy and subsequently volunteered as a para-chaplin, visiting people who were homebound or near death. I experienced first-hand the importance of traditions surrounding death and dying, and learned how to be supportive to both the dying and the living during this significant and inevitable life event.
By 2009, I knew it was time to close my business and to pursue the calling to become a licensed funeral director. As a result, I then enrolled in the Funeral Services program at Mercer County Community College. I was fortunate to gain my mandatory experience credits by working part-time at Bringhurst Funeral Home. I will always remember the day I came for the interview. I was given the royal tour of West Laurel Hill Cemetery and the funeral home, and I immediately knew I wanted to work here. I was impressed by the beauty of the grounds and buildings, the well-equipped prep room, the state-of-the-art-crematory, and especially the diversity of staff and clientele. In particular, I have been so moved and inspired by serving people from so many faith traditions at Bringhurst.
I became a licensed funeral director in early 2013. I feel blessed to work with a creative and energized team that has been welcoming, that teaches me so much and, in turn, appreciates what I contribute. I find it exceptionally rewarding to be a part of an organization that serves families from many diverse cultures and faiths.
Patricia lives in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia with her life partner of 25 years and their two teenage children. She is a former treasurer of Congregation Mishkan Shalom, is a member of the Reconstructionist Chevra Kadisha, and is the Judge of Elections in the 13th District of the 9th Ward of Northwest Philadelphia.
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