Past events
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What does it feel like to die? How do you prepare corpses or when is the right moment to say goodbye?

Questions about death are omnipresent and answers are rare. That’s why the Humboldt Forum invites a death attendant, a pathologist or a mourning speaker to its office hours.

Ask questions to people who deal with death on an almost everyday basis and join us on Sundays during the consultation hours as part of the special exhibition un_endlich (infinite) on what will be the last journeys.

Jürgen Röhr

Consultation hour 9. April

Jürgen Röhr is a retired police officer, emergency chaplain (2009), head of PSNV (Psychosocial Emergency Prevention) as well as expert advisor and speaker. Born in 1959, he trained as a police officer until 1983. In 2003, he was shot and seriously injured by a spree killer. After his retirement in 2006, he volunteered for the self-help group Schusswaffenerlebnis, where police officers can find help after being shot. Since then, more than 350 colleagues have found his support in seminars and talks. His commitment was honoured with the Federal Cross of Merit in 2019 and the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin in 2020. Jürgen Röhr lives in Nauen and has two children.


Inka Pabst

Consultation hour  16. April

After graduating from high school, Inka Pabst was looking for adventure and moved to Paris with little money, no job and little knowledge of the language and lived there on street music and love. Later she studied dance, acting and singing and has been an actress and singer on the stages of the world for half of her life. At some point, her second passion came back with a vengeance: writing. As an author or co-author, she developed plays, wrote songs and children’s books. Inka Pabst lives with her family in Berlin and Leipzig.


Ulla Rose

Consultation hour 30. April

Ulla Rose is the managing director of Home Care Berlin e.V., the association for specialized outpatient palliative care in Berlin.

She is a nurse and palliative care nurse, a teacher for nursing professions, a course leader for palliative care certified by the German Society for Palliative Medicine and a course leader for last aid courses, as well as an interculturally trained chaplain.
In addition to her management duties, her areas of activity include advising seriously ill patients and their relatives on palliative care issues, training professionals and lay people, advising institutions, and participating in committees related to palliative care at the state level.

Recruiting young professionals for palliative care is a major concern for her, which is why she is passionate about fulfilling a teaching assignment in a nursing degree program for the field of palliation.

Ilja Labischinski

Consultation hour 7. May

Ilja Labischinski studied Ancient American Studies, Anthropology and History of the Americas in Bonn, Berlin and Madrid. During his traineeship at the Ethnological Museum from 2015 to 2017, he worked on the scientific basis for the return of objects to the Chugach in Alaska. He then worked as a coordinating curator for the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art at the Humboldt Forum. Within this framework, he curated the collaborative exhibition project “Against the Current. The Omaha, Francis La Flesche and his Collection”. Since 2019, Ilja Labischinski has been working as a provenance researcher for collections from colonial contexts at the National Museums. The focus of his work is the reappraisal of the contexts of appropriation of human remains in the collections of the Ethnological Museum.


Nadine Eichner

Consultation hour 21. May

Nadine Eichner, Sister Iman was born on 11.01.1981 and lives in Berlin as a single mother of 10-year-old Adam. She converted to Islam in 2003 and works voluntarily as a mortuary attendant for 10 different Islamic funeral homes. She also gives seminars and courses on the rites of Islamic ablution. She is active in grief guidance and is the contact person for relatives before, during and after the ablution.

Félix Ayoh’Omidire

Consultation hour 28. May

Félix Ayoh’Omidire is the Professor and Chair of Brazilian and Afro-Latin-American Studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he was, until recently, the Director of the Institute of Cultural Studies. He earned his academic degrees from Nigeria, Benin, Portugal and Brazil with a doctorate in Afro-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies from the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in 2006. Since the 1990s his research has focused on the Yoruba Worldview and the Construction of Cultural Identities in Latin American and Caribbean countries (Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad e Tobago, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Venezuela, Jamaica). He is currently the DAAD-Gastprofessur of African Diaspora Studies at the Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Professor Ayoh’OMIDIRE sits on the board of many museums in Nigeria and Brazil. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Musée International du Vodun under the Presidency of the Republic of Benin.

Félix Ayoh’OMIDIRE has written close to 20 books and published over 100 scientific articles on the Yoruba Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Dominik Kleinen

Consultation hour 4. June

Dominik Kleinen is a funeral director and operations manager at Grieneisen Bestattungen in Berlin. Grieneisen has been around since 1830 and is one of the largest funeral homes in Berlin and Potsdam with more than 30 locations. For many years, Mr. Kleinen has conducted mourning talks, held funeral speeches and accompanied workshops on funeral-related topics. Already in his childhood, Mr. Kleinen was interested in ceremonies such as funeral masses and other celebrations. In the course of his academic training as a cultural scientist, a distinct fascination for rituals developed. Today, Mr Kleinen finds these areas of interest again in his work as an undertaker.


Sophie Deichert alias Sophie Schøntod

Consultation hour 11.June

Sophie Deichert aka Sophie Schøntod was born on a snowy Sunday in April 1986 and grew up next to a cemetery.
She was born with death in her cradle, as her great-grandmother died on the day she was born. In addition, she witnessed the dying process of her other great-grandmother at a young age and was allowed to accompany it unconsciously. She saw the first deceased when she was 12 years old. Since she was not very happy about his condition in the coffin, she had the desire to make it better, for him and also for her relatives and people she knows.

From 2004 to 2022, she specialized in reconstructing deceased bodies and providing open burial in almost every case.
She has completed training as a funeral director and certified thanatology practitioner.
In addition, she has attained instructor certification.

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in_finite. Living with Death