death in Korea

On Death, Dying, and Funerals in Korea

As an expat living abroad, I am often exposed to many unique cultural experiences.  While most of them are positive and happy (weddings, holiday celebrations, and special birthdays) others can be crushing and tragic.  Although I never imagined I would attend a Korean funeral, expat life is still "real life" and as such, a dear friend of mine lost her father to a heart attack last year. I didn't know what to expect, and, to be honest, was quite nervous about going, but knew I had to be there for my friend and attend his funeral.

To prepare myself, I did a bit of research about death and funeral culture in Korea. As it turns out, the modern funeral is quite different than the ones of the past, which is to be expected in an ever-changing country like Korea.

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