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Professor will introduce South Koreans to American funeral practices

Grief therapy will be the topic of seminars.

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 18:04

Mortuary Professor José Luis Moreno will participate in a “Grief and Loss Seminar” sponsored by the psychology department at the Hong Kong Adventist College in Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, in June.

The school invited chaplains, mental health professionals, health professionals, funeral directors and clergy from across the United States and Hong Kong to facilitate development and continued education for the students of Hong Kong.

Jon Cole, academic dean at Adventist College, thought to add Moreno to the group of speakers for the event because of his previous experience teaching grief counseling and Eastern and Western cultures in South Korea.

From 2007 to 2009, Moreno participated in seminars in various academic institutions in South Korea, including Euji University in Daegu and Myongi University in Seoul.

Moreno taught U.S funeral culture and services, types of wounds, restoration and treatment, embalming practices and grieving counseling.

For this upcoming seminar, Moreno’s main focus will be grief therapy for children, teen and adults.

“It’s not usual for an Asian to tell a stranger that they are dealing with grief,” Moreno said referring to his experience in teaching grief counseling in South Korea.

He said Asians have shown a high level of interest in learning how to address and prepare funerals for different cultures.

“Asians see the U.S. as a mixture of cultures,” Moreno said.

Because of Moreno’s previous exposure to Asian institutions of higher learning, students have traveled to San Antonio to enroll in the mortuary science program at this college, among them mortuary science freshman Ho Young Jeong in 2011.

The mortuary science department has previously hosted small groups of Asian students for whom they prepare a special curriculum that last three to four weeks.

“I am very happy that I am going to expose the name of the college and the name of our department in front of another country,” Moreno said.

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