Asian Immigrants and the Issue of Death: An Integration of Eastern Philosophy and Existentialism

By Nga Duong and Trent Nguyen.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The intervention of existential therapy woven with Eastern thoughts and beliefs could help aging Asian immigrants who face the issues of death and dying to recognize the match between Western intervention techniques and Eastern traditional healing. Therefore, they would be able to seek help from the mainstream mental health services. Since Asian immigrants tend to cling to their deeply rooted customs in dealing with very intimate primary concerns such as death and dying, they need to preserve and practice their own cultural mourning rituals to relieve their grief. Hence, funerary rituals could serve as a powerful therapeutic experience in assisting Asian immigrants deal with the loss.

Keywords: Asian, Death and Dying, Therapeutic Intervention Techniques

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.157-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.182MB).

Nga Duong

Graduate Student, Counseling, California State University, Fullerton, Garden Grove, CA, USA

Nga Duong is a graduate student in the counseling department at Cal State Fullerton.

Dr. Trent Nguyen

California State University, Department of Human Services, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA

Dr. Tuyen Nguyen is an Associate Professor at California State University in Fullerton, CA. Dr. Nguyen has been teaching since 1998, both undergraduate and graduate courses.

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