LaVone V. Hazell, MS

LaVone V. Hazell, MS, is a certified family therapist and a New York State licensed funeral director. She is certified by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, both as a death educator and grief therapist, and a certified Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. Since 1989, she has served as an instructor for the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City, where she teaches funeral service psychology and bereavement counseling. She is a member of the United States federal government's Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), Region II and a board certified expert in traumatic stress, designated Diplomate, in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

She is the designer and project director of the Palliative Care Training and Education Program (PTEP) for Minority Communities, sponsored by North General and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospitals, possibly the first such program focused on minorities in this country. With more than twenty-five years of training experience, she has developed curricula for mental health, religious, educational, and AIDS institutions. She has also published many academic articles and book chapters on these subjects.

Her major interest is the influence of culture on funerals and death rituals, and the comparison of minority group practices relating to end-of-life events.

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