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Managing & Grappling with Death & Illness in Asian Families

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In this episode, we’re talking about a very personal topic to us. Kan opens up about his experience with grappling with death and illness within Asian families and the several nuances around navigating Eastern vs Western culture. 

If this topic isn’t right for you this week, feel free to join us again in our next episode. If you’re going through a tough time and need support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


0:00 - Intro 

03:11 - Kan’s Experience with His Mother-in-Law’s Melanoma

14:57 - Asian Parents Refusing Medical Treatment + Davie’s Dad’s Heart Surgery

19:56 - Providing Comfort to Sick Loved-Ones, Dealing with the Concept of Death & “Yang Er Fang Lao’

31:24 - Sharing the Bad News with Sick Loved Ones + Coming to Terms with Passing

42:42 - The Funeral Process in Asian Vs Non-Asian Cultures & Not Being Able to Get ‘Closure’

55:07 - The Aftermath: Coping Mechanisms & Moving Forward

01:08:37 - Outro

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