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Farewell to 'Silent Teachers'

With the generous support of the board of management of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries (BMCPC), CUHK established a memorial wall dedicated to ‘Silent Teachers’ at the Garden of Remembrance in Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery in May 2013. The first ash scattering ceremony was held on 30 November to pay homage to three donors who donated their bodies for the purpose of educating medical students.

Prof. Chan Sun-on (right), assistant dean, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, and Ms. Brenda Lo (left), executive director of BMCPC, officiated at the ceremony. The family members of the three donors were accompanied by CUHK medical students to scatter the ashes as a final farewell.

CUHK launched the ‘Silent Teachers’ body donation programme in 2011 to encourage the public to donate their remains after death for medical education and training. In addition to giving students precious medical training opportunities, the body donors also help them to understand the importance of morals in medical practice. The body donation programme has received vigorous support from the public since its launch. The number of bodies received increased from two to three per year to more than 50 in the first 10 months of 2013; whereas the registration of body donors also grew exponentially from about 10 per year to some 2,800 in the first 10 months of 2013.

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