First Muslim woman in Alberta to become a certified funeral director.
Edmonton's Al Rashid Mosque is celebrating the first Muslim woman in Alberta to become a certified funeral director.
Salwa Kadri stepped into the role of funeral director with the mosque's Islamic Funeral Services Society this month, more than a decade after she began caring for the deceased.
It's a job that requires understanding Islamic law as well as the needs of families from as many as 60 different ethnic backgrounds.
"You can't expect a person from Lebanon to have the same kind of cultural practices as a person from Africa," Kadri said. "So you have to have a balance to understand what's cultural and what is religious."