The Institute of Grief Care was established as Japan’s first institute dealing with this subject in April 2009 in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, in April 2010 it becomes an institution of Sophia University. The Institute’s activities include professional training for grief care counselors. The Institute’s activities began following a major accident on the Fukuchiyama rail line. The activities of the institute have been supported by a grant from the JR WEST Relief Foundation, and from 2014, the Institute receives the contribution from other support groups.

Activities

  • Research in Grief Care and Spiritual Care
  • Professional training course for Grief Care practitioners
  • Public Lecture series in Tokyo & Osaka (2series a year)
  • Activities commissioned by local governments
  • Publications, including Grief Care a journal of the institute

Members

Sanji YAMAOKA President of Institute of Grief Care, Priest for the Catholic Society of Jesuit
Yoshiko TAKAKI 生と死を考える会全国協議会会長、カトリック援助修道会修道女 Honorary President of Institute of Grief Care, (Institute for Consideration of life and death), (nun at Catholic Soeurs Auxiliatrices)
Shinji HAMAUZU Deputy director at Institue of Grief Care (Project Professor)
Tadashi NISHIHIRA Deputy director at Institute of Grief Care  (Project Professor)
Mika SHINODA Advisor of Deputy director at Institute of Grief Care
Yukie KURIHARA Institute of Grief Care (Project Professor)
Kenta KASAI Professor at Sophia University Master’s (Doctoral Program in Death and Life Studies
Keisuke SATO Professor at Sophia University Master’s (Doctoral Program in Death and Life Studies
Kazuyoshi TERAO Professor at Sophia University Master’s (Doctoral Program in Death and Life Studies
Nahomi TAKEDA Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Theology Department of Theology
Keiko HARA Associate Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Theology Department of Theology
Yosuke SAKAI Associate Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Theology Department of Theology
Nobukuni SUZUKI Assocaite Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Humanities Department of Philosophy
Kyoko YOKOYAMA Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Human Sciences Department of Psychology
Eriko TAKAYAMA Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Human Sciences Department of Social Services
Mari MITSUGI Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Human Sciences Department of Nursing, Associate
Shogo ASAMI Professor at Sophia University Faculty of Foreign Studies Department of German Studies

Sophia University

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